Summer is officially here and spending time outside, having fun in the sun is on the agenda! While we take advantage of the warm weather it is important to be aware of some of the dangers the heat can have to your furry friend!
Heatstroke is a form of hyperthermia, an elevation in body temperature above the normal range which for dogs is 101.5F. Heatstroke occurs when heat-dissipating mechanisms of the body cannot accommodate excessive heat. If your dog has a temperature above 105F it is suggestive of heatstroke.
Is There a Difference Between Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion?
There actually isn't a difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Both mean the exact same thing and exhibit the same symptoms.
- Hypersalivation (drooling)
- Warm to touch
- Red mucous membranes of the mouth
- Rapid heart rate
- Dry nose
- Quiet or poorly responsive, may lay down and refuse or be unable to rise
- Blood from the mouth or in stool
- Muscle tremors
- Ataxia (staggering)
5 Tips on How to Prevent Heatstroke in Your Dog
- Never leave your dog inside a parked car. This is something pet owners here over and over but did you know if the temperature outside is 75 degrees it only takes 10 minutes for the temperature in your car to reach 100 degrees?
- Make sure your dog doesn't stay outside too long
- Avoid walking your dog during peak temperature hours
- Make sure your dog has enough water, if your dog is already overheated be sure to have lukewarm water available, cold water will cause your dog's blood vessels to constrict which slows down how quickly they can cool off their body temperature.
- Keep your house cool