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July's Topic of the Month: Heatstroke Awareness
Why Is It An Issue
Dog fur is great protection against the cold but can be a problem in hot weather. This is because, unlike humans, dogs eliminate heat by panting. The only sweat glands a dog has are in the foot pads, which can only minimally help with heat dissipation. When panting isn’t enough, their body temperature rises. This can be fatal if not corrected quickly.
Some Dogs Are At Greater Risk Then Others
Dogs with thick fur, short noses, or those suffering from medical conditions such as laryngeal paralysis and obesity are predisposed to heat stroke. In addition, dogs that enjoy constant exercise and playtime – such as working dogs (Labradors, Springer Spaniels, etc.) – should be closely monitored for signs of overheating, especially on hot days.
Heat stroke can be prevented by taking caution not to expose a dog to hot and humid conditions. This is especially applicable to dogs with airway diseases and breeds with shortened faces (e.g. Pugs, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus).
While traveling in cars, make sure that the dog is well ventilated by placing it in a wire kennel or open basket. Never leave your dog in a car with the windows closed, even if it is parked in the shade.
When outdoors, always make sure your dog is in a well-ventilated area with access to plenty of water and shade.
What To Watch For
The following steps should be taken, regardless of whether the dog is conscious, appears to recover well, or was only mildly affected: