Heat Effects on Dogs and Puppies

Keep your short nosed breed dog cool in the heat
Pugs and French Bulldogs especially struggle in the heat

Everyone loves enjoying the hot summer months and many of us enjoy spending time outside with our dogs and puppies. But did you know your canine companion can get heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke? Here are some signs to look for while out with your dog in the warm weather:

  • Heavy, frantic panting
  • Dehydration
  • Body temperature over 41° Celsius (feels warm to the touch)
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bright red gums
  • Rapid or irregular heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors
  • Lack of coordination (ataxia)
  • Unconsciousness

Any of these symptoms can be very scary and can develop very rapidly, leaving you unable to react quickly enough. A dog can die within 15 minutes if these symptoms are allowed to continue.

If you see any of these symptoms, immediately remove your dog from the heat source and get them to some shade. If you can, place them in front of a fan on a cool floor to reduce the body temperature. You can place cold water or ice on the feet and ears. CALL THE VET as soon as possible and advise what is happening. They will tell you what to do next. You should also have a thermometer handy so you can give the vet the dog’s temperature when on the phone. Learn how to take your dog’s temperature here:

I always have a “bendy ended” digital thermometer in the home or with me if we go out.

Do you have any cool weather tips for dogs? Maybe you have some yummy recipes that keep your doggies cool. Share them with me in the comments below:

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