Every summer in Russia, hundreds of dogs are urgently delivered to to the vet. The reason for this is the heat stroke in the dog in hot weather. It happens fast enough and can be very serious for health. How to prevent the possibility of it occurrences in the summer heat? The best way to prevent the possibility of heat stroke is to learn to recognize symptoms, that precede this problem. Today you Learn how to recognize heat stroke symptoms on your own initial stage.
What is heat stroke in a dog?
Heat stroke is considered to be a condition that is caused nearby factors, and leading to a dangerous increase in dog temperature. Sometimes the increase in body temperature is so great that the animal no longer able to control his body. First rate Heat stroke threats are attempts by the animal to cool. Wherein the dog will drink a lot and look for a cool place. If the dog there is no possibility of drinking water and hiding from the heat, then she guaranteed to happen heat stroke.
What factors lead to thermal shock?
Heat shocks occur exclusively during the hot season. But heat alone is not enough. To get heat stroke, the dog must be subject to several other factors that limit the ability of the animal to lower its temperature body. These factors can be increased activity in the heat, which helps to increase body temperature, lack of shadow, lack of water or air. Last reason especially common in dogs with brachycephalic breeds, for example, pugs and bulldogs (see beautiful photos of French Bulldog). The main causes of heat stroke: excessive activity and outdoor games in hot weather; long walks under the scorching sun, even when the dog moves in her usual pace; pet stay in a closed car or other hot places with a limited amount of air; lack of free access to water or irregular use water; lack of shade or any other cool place where the animal could hide from the summer heat.
Determine heat stroke at an early stage
If you carefully understand all the conditions under which heat stroke, and try to make sure that your pet does not found yourself in such difficult conditions, then most likely you will avoid problems with heat stroke in your pet. Special attention apply to dogs of brachycephalic breeds, as well as with excess weight, and on breeds of dogs with long hair. These animals are more prone to thermal shock. In order to recognize the symptoms heat stroke at an early stage, get acquainted with its symptoms.
Symptoms of heat stroke in dogs:
- Labored breathing, even at rest, as well as others manifestations of breathing problems;
- The dog grabs air with his mouth, while tipping his head;
- A bright red tongue, the color of which is much brighter than usually;
- Disorientation and confusion of the animal;
- Dry and hot skin;
- Fainting and immobility of the animal;
- Weakness and staggering when walking;
- Thick saliva resembling a sticky consistency;
- The bright red color of the ears of the animal;
- Bright red or pale gums;
- Discomfort Behavior an animal;
- Body temperature over 40 degrees Celsius;
- Heart palpitations;
Treatment and prevention of heat stroke in dogs
The first signs that your dog is unable to self cope with the heat tend to perform fever, shortness of breath, disorientation and dehydration. You can easily check if your dog is in a state of dehydration. To do this, clamp free of wool. the skin area of the animal with the thumb and forefinger. If dehydration, the skin returns for a very long time normal form. Very often dogs that have already started heat stroke develop, discard water. That’s why you must ensure that your pet drinks enough water in sultry weather. If the dog is in an initial stage heat stroke, it is in your power to bring it to normal condition until when she finally receives heat stroke. To do this, immediately lower your body temperature dogs. This must be done in any way possible. You you can wrap the animal in a wet towel and change it as only it will heat up. Another, easier way to put dog in a cool place. You can also use fans, this will ensure good air circulation, which contributes to lowering the temperature. One way to lower the temperature is the location of the dog opposite the open refrigerator or under the condition. A heat stroke in a dog can even to death, that’s why the animal that received it needs immediate veterinarian care. Taking the necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of heat stroke, first of all you protect your dog’s summer walks and you can avoid unnecessary trouble with the treatment of your pet.