With the rise in heat it is important to recognise the signs your dog could be suffering. Help keep your dog cool and avoid potentially deadly heat stroke with the PetStay guide.
Heatstroke can occur when your dog gets too hot and can’t keep cool. If your pet can’t cool themselves by panting then they could be at risk of heat stroke, but some breeds can be more susceptible.
Signs of heatstroke can include;
- Rapid panting
- Bright red tongue
- Red or pale gums
- Thick and sticky saliva
- Signs of weakness when walking or sitting up
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
If you believe your dog displays any of these signs of heat stroke, move them to a cool and shaded area and call a vet immediately.
Animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, lists a number of emergency first aid you can perform to help your dog on their website.
Keep your dog safe and cool in the summer to prevent heat stroke. While potentially deadly, heat stroke in dogs and other animals can be avoidable.
The Touch Test
Before going on your walk, place the back of your hand on the path, concrete or asphalt. If you can’t bear more than 5 seconds neither can your dog!
PetStay’s Tips to Beat the Heat
- Walk your dog during cooler parts of the day for example, early morning and evenings.
- Find areas with grass and plenty of shade as concrete and asphalt can get very hot.
- Ensure your dog has fresh water readily available to them.
- Visit the groomers or give your dog a brush regularly.
- Try some DIY frozen treats to help keep your dog cool at home. https://www.petstay.net/diy-summer-dog-treats/
And NEVER leave your dog in a parked car!
20 minutes in a car on a hot day can be fatal. Unfortunately, 48% of dog owners surveyed by the AA said it was okay to leave the dog in the car if the window was open or the car was parked in shade. This is wrong. Even if it feels cool outside, the temperature in the car can still rise and prove deadly.