Like humans, dogs can suffer from heat stroke. It should be remembered that heat stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when there is prolonged exposure to high and humid temperatures. In the worst cases, this can be fatal to the dogs. In general, it can cause abnormally high body temperatures, as well as damage to the brain, organs and tissues.
It is important to know that dogs do not regulate their body temperature in the same way as humans. This is why the most severe heat stroke can have fatal consequences if they do not receive timely medical attention. The limit for a dog’s temperature is 38 or 39 degrees. If the body temperature rises to 40 or 41 degrees it can cause tissue and organ damage.
That is why pet owners must prevent their pets from suffering from heat stroke. For this purpose, here are some comments that may be useful to you.
Preventing heat stroke
The first thing to do to prevent heat stroke in your pet is to avoid exposure to extreme temperatures. In case the climate of the place where they live is extreme, it is necessary to make sure that your pet stays in a place that is cool and ventilated.
It is also important that you never leave your pet inside a closed car. In these the heat can quickly accumulate inside and generate heat stroke in your dog.
Another important aspect of caring for your pet is to prevent dehydration. Your dog should always have access to fresh, clean water. Heat stroke, coupled with dehydration, can have serious consequences.
If your pet stays outdoors, make sure it has enough shade to protect it from the sun. A good idea may be a roof under which you can be in the shade at times when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Excessive exercise in hot climates is also not recommended for your pet. This includes both running and walking. It is not a good idea to go jogging with your dog during the hottest hours of the day, in places where the weather is inclement. It is advisable to take your dog out early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the ambient temperature may be a little lower.
Finally, when taking your dog out for exercise in high temperatures, in addition to the above, you should also make sure he is well fed and hydrated. You can give it water a few hours before going out. Remember that exercising without hydration can be dangerous for your pet. Regarding food, eating a balanced diet can reduce the risk of heat stroke, as your dog will be strong and healthy.
A dog that has suffered heat stroke will exhibit some of the following signs:
- Fast and shallow breathing
- Excessive salivation
- Nausea and vomiting
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