Overheating in a dog is not uncommon on hot days. How to prevent this from happening? Last summer my bitch suddenly started limping on a straight road. I felt all the joints in her paw, but couldn’t find the source of the pain. So I looked at the foot, because long-haired dogs sometimes get tangled between their toes, making them limp. This time there was no tangling, but something strange was happening to her pads – they looked as if they were peeling. I took her to the vet immediately.
A dog can get a stroke from the wrong muzzle!
A good muzzle is not one that is made of soft material, but one where the dog can freely open its mouth, throw its tongue out and gasp. This is the only way for him to cool down, because dogs don’t sweat the whole body like ours. Let’s never forget that!
The vet just looked at her feet: „Oh, we have a typical case of asphalt disease here!” – He joked and explained to me that the little one must have stepped on the hot, melted asphalt that was stuck to the paw pads. So I played dog podiatrist afterwards and cleaned her feet of asphalt particles. Since then I have remembered once and for all: in summer you have to watch out for hot asphalt. It is safest to lead a dog on the grass, because hot asphalt is also a danger of getting your paws burned!
Watch out for the nudes
Most dogs are at risk of overheating, but the external sunburn that often happens to us usually does not take place because the dog is protected by the coat. Unless we cut it too short – then we expose the pet to burns, especially as the dog’s skin, usually sheltered from the sun, is not used to it. So you mustn’t do that! However, it is important to brush your pet regularly in the heat, because it is easy to get chafing under the tangles. And if we have a representative of the naked race (the most popular are Chinese Crested Dogs), we must protect his skin as well as our own and lubricate it with sunscreen (at least 30 SPF).
On hot days, the dog instinctively looks for refreshment: it lies down in the shade or on cool surfaces, sometimes it digs a hole in damp soil, and after taking care of its physiological needs, it returns home instead of going for a walk. It is worse when there is no choice, because, for example, it is tethered, left by the thoughtless owner in a sunny place: under a shop or in a playpen without a roof. Let’s take a look around to see if a dog is in this situation and if he needs help, even a bowl of water. Also, never, ever leave the dog alone in the car, even if we parked in the shade, because the car heats up quickly!
Overheating in a dog – disturbing symptoms
Although we made sure that the dog had shelter from the sun and cool (water for drinking and bathing), let’s watch him. If he is agitated, out of breath, his sides are moving, he is drooling and his tongue is altered – these symptoms could be signs of overheating! Cover your dog with wet towels: let’s cool his head, neck, armpits and groin. Let us encourage you to drink cold water. And if his condition doesn’t improve quickly, let’s take him to the vet.
What will help you beat the heat?
Folding silicone bowl
In hot weather you usually take water with you from home or you can buy it on the way. If you choose still, you can share a bottle with your dog (many dogs don’t want to drink sparkling water). You just need to remember to take even a small (or foldable) bowl for him.
It will be useful not only at home (e.g. for lining a bed), but also when traveling, especially if you do not have air conditioning in the car. The dog can lie on or underneath the cooling mat.
Dog „ice cream”
You can find recipes for them on the internet, but we don’t recommend ice cream for your dog to eat. It can eat them too greedily and harm yourself. However, you can, for example, soak its play cord in water and freeze it. The doggy will tug him, lick him and cool down at the same time.
If you have a garden and your dog likes water, he or she will be happy to splash in the inflatable pool. And if you don’t have one, sprinkle your pet with water (gently!) From a garden hose.
Who is at risk of heat stroke?
Some breeds are particularly sensitive to heat and overheating due to their small stature, shape of the dog’s mouth and very thick hair.
Babies and old ladies – dogs in their prime are the most resistant to extreme temperatures. Both puppies and older quadrupeds tolerate heat worse. Therefore, they must be carefully protected from the sun.
Mordasy with flat noses Although their flat faces look cute, breeds such as the pug, bulldog and shih tzu are less breathable, making high temperatures dangerous for them. Therefore, they absolutely must not be forced to exercise in hot weather – even a normal walk may be overpowering for them these days!
Black cumin – it is not without reason that bright colors reign in the summer, while in dark clothes it is hotter in the sun. The same is true of dark pet hair. Therefore, black and brown dogs can tolerate high temperatures less well than their light-colored cousins. Such quadrupeds especially need shade.
Mega-cloths – in their case the matter is debatable. It would seem that dense hair increases the risk of overheating. But it also protects the skin from the sun, just like we protect our skin with our clothes. However, dogs with a thick undercoat and abundant fur, adapted to living in frosty climates (e.g. huskies or malamutes) may find it difficult to endure the heat.
Author: Dorota Jastrzębowska