How to Protect your dog from heat stroke

Fort Lauderdale Pet Sitter tips on how to protect your dog from heat stroke

Fort Lauderdale Pet Sitter dog heat stroke The South Florida heat is upon us and you need to watch your pets closely and learn how to protect your dog from heat stoke and other heat related illness. Below are some tips that will help you keep your pet safe during the hottest months of the year.

  • Although the sun is at its highest at 12:00, the hottest part of the day 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Limit your dog’s activity in the direct sun to a maximum of twenty minutes, short walks are fine.
  • If it is extremely hot try spraying your dog down with cool water before going out, this will lower his body temperature and provide comfort.
  • If possible avoid pavement, concrete, pavers and asphalt heat up quickly and can burn your pets pads.
  • Always seek shade when possible. Try to find a tree lined street with a lot of shade and grass.
  • It is very important to have water available at all times. Most pet stores carry collapsible water bowls.

Heat stroke can happen very quickly. It is very important to learn how to protect your dog from heat stroke. If you notice your dog has rapid breathing that does not subside within a few minutes and, or has excessive salivation bring them indoors immediately. Apply cool water, not cold and closely monitor. If rapid breathing and excessive salivation continue transport them to a veterinarian immediately.

Signs of heat stroke begin with heavy panting and difficulty breathing. The dogs tongue and gums will appear bright red.  The dog may become unsteady, their saliva will be thick and they often vomit and have loose stool containing blood. If the dog goes into shock their gums turn pale or light blue, their, they will have a weak pulse and become lethargic and their eyes appear to be glazed over. Once a dog goes into full blown shock seizures, coma or death may be near. At the first sign of heat stroke it is important to start cooling the dog down immediately.

So there you have it, tips on how to protect your doge from heat stroke. Visit this link for other heat related illnesses.  Be sure to keep your dog safe from the heat and have a great summer!

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