Thursday, 22 August 2013

Heat danger for dogs

As summer approaches it is a good idea bear in mind that dogs need special care when the temperatures goes in to the thirties.
Dogs do not have an efficient system for cooling like humans or heat adapted animals such as Gemsbuck or Camels. Their sweat glands are in their paw pads and tongue and panting is their main way of sweating.
When temperatures reaches the high thirties watch out for the tell tale signs of approaching heat stroke:
Rapid panting and bright red gums and tongue as well as thick saliva are all danger signals.Look out for watery bloody stools,diarhoea and staggering.Lethargy and lack of coordination and vomitting are all signs of heat stroke.
Rapid treatment is required before your dog falls in to a coma followed by respiratory collapse and even death.
Avoid overheating by not exercising dogs in the heat of the day and keep its weight under control. Obese dogs suffer most. A muzzle could restrict a dog from panting causing a heat build up. Don't leave a dog in a car - even on a cool day! When it is pleasant 22 C sunny day outside, the temperature in a car can reach 47C in less than an hour, even with an open window and a sunshade up. Cruelty to animals is a criminal offence. You will also always remember that your dog suffred and died a cruel death. If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, please call the police. Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke: Older dogs, long hair breeds,dogs that are overweight or have short snouts. Treatment. If your dog shows any of the above symptons it must be treated as an emergency. Urgently lower their body temperature but do it gradually. Douse your dog with cool water(Not cold) or put him in a shower and run cool water over him. give him small amounts of cool water to drink and put him where there is a breeze or a fan.