DON’T LET THE DOGS OUT!!!! Or at least not unsupervised or during the hot parts of the day. As the temperature soars into the 30’s we all need to take care and keep cool. Over heating can be extremely dangerous for all of us including our pets. When the core temperature rises, severe metabolic changes occur that in the worst cases can lead to death.
Dogs and cats don’t sweat to cool off–they pant, losing heat through their respiratory tracts. Brachycephalic dogs such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Lhasas, Frenchies and Shih Tzus are especially at risk as their respiratory tracts are compromised and they can’t cool down very well.
How to keep your Pet Cool:
- Keep all pets indoors.
- Let them have plenty of water to drink.
- Don’t ever leave your pet in a car even with the windows open, or in the shade.
- If you are going to walk the dog, do it in the early morning or after sunset, and bring water along for your pet to drink.
- Consider letting your dog paddle in the wading pool or a bucket of water to cool their paws. The water should be COOL NOT COLD. Cold water can cause the blood vessels to constrict which keeps the excess heat in the core.
- For some breeds of dogs, shaving them down can help them to stay cool. Contact us to see if this is appropriate for your dog.
If you suspect your pet has overheated seek immediate veterinary attention. Signs to look for are excessive panting, lethargy, and in extreme cases, coma or seizures.
While you are seeking veterinary help, try and lower your pets core temperature by placing cool, wet towels around their groin, armpits and mouth and nose. Again, the water should be COOL NOT COLD. Cold water can cause the blood vessels to constrict which keeps the excess heat in the core.