With record temperatures in July, here are our tips to help you and your pet beat the heat!
Beat the summer heat
It can be hot and relatively humid in summer, so protecting your pet from heat is important, particularly as heatstroke can be fatal. Humans have sweat glands all over their bodies, but dog’s sweat glands are confined to their nose and the pads of their feet. If the heat and wet weather persists, it is also harder to reduce the body’s temperature, and if the body temperature keeps rising, heatstroke can easily occur. That’s why dogs should stay in dry and ventilated rooms instead of humid and confined places, or extended periods in the sun. Exercise early in the morning or late at night is recommended when it is cooler.
Sometimes the ground, especially asphalt, can become very hot which can burn your pet's paws. And of course, leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle in extreme heat or cold is also dangerous and illegal in most regions.
The main symptoms of heatstroke include fatigue, increased body temperature, delirium, loss of consciousness, as well as heavy panting. Drinking water and staying in the shade can help lower the body temperature. If your dog keeps panting, is restless, barks non-stop, and drools excessively, it could be a sign they are suffering from heatstroke. If your dog starts foaming at the mouth, has difficulty breathing, becomes weak, has delirium or a drunken-like gait or movement and starts to lose consciousness, immediate treatment is required otherwise it might lead to coma or even death in extreme cases. In all cases, it is recommended to check if the body temperature is too high (the normal temperature is between 37.5-39.5 degrees Celsius). If it is as high as 41 degrees Celsius, your dog may suffer from heatstroke. Isolated areas of bleeding may also occur.
Remember to take precautions. Death from heatstroke can be very quick once symptoms become obvious.