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How to act if the dog suffers from heat stroke

Did you know that dogs are affected by heat more than people? They do not perspire in the same way as we do, in fact, they do so slightly through the pads and regulate their internal temperature by opening their mouths. For all this, in summer you have to be especially vigilant so that the animal does not suffer a heat stroke, something that can be very dangerous and even fatal.

To begin with, you have to know that a dog’s temperature is about 38 degrees and that it is considered normal even if it reaches 39.2 degrees , no more. Of course, the temperature that the thermometer can drop if the pet has just exercised or has been in the sun is not the same as it is at rest. In cases where it has been active a few moments ago or in the sun, the temperature will be higher. On the other hand, puppies have a lower body temperature than adults . It is considered normal if it is between 34 and 36 degrees.

So how do you know that your dog is suffering from heat stroke? If its temperature exceeds 40 degrees and the animal is neither sick nor has a fever, it is experiencing the dreaded heat stroke. It is very important to be clear that if your temperature rises one or two degrees more, irreparable damage to some organs could occur. Therefore, let us be extremely careful.

Causes of heat stroke

The most common causes of a dog suffering from heat stroke are related to the owner’s inattention and negligence. It sounds strong, but it is so, most of the time this happens is our fault . Here are the most common causes of heat stroke in dogs:

The dog lies down to sunbathe and falls asleep . It is true that our pet needs its dose of sun to metabolize vitamin D and surely every day or many days a week, it goes out to the sun. The problem is that she falls asleep and spends more time than she should in the sun. Your body temperature will rise and you may not even be able to move. Therefore, it is best to observe him and move him to a shady place.

Walks in central hours of the day . It is clear that the dog needs to go outside to relieve itself and the moment of need may coincide with a strong hour of sunshine. In that case, get him out to relieve himself and that’s it. Save the long walk for another time as you could suffer a heat stroke.

Leave the dog in the car . A car in summer can easily become an oven and a vehicle parked in the sun can reach up to 80 degrees of temperature. Not even for a quick brief leave the furry inside. Not even with the air conditioning. It does not act as effectively with them as it does with us.

Leave the dog out of the house . The dog cannot remain outside all day under any circumstances. Midday hours can be hell for him. In addition, if it is humid , the combination of this with the heat and the impossibility of the animal looking for another place, will increase its temperature and with it the risk of suffering a heat stroke.

Heatstroke symptoms

The most obvious symptoms that the dog is suffering from heat stroke are the following:

Pant very fast and intensely.

– He’s nervous .

– He is weak , may not be able to move and may even faint.

Your gums turn blue from lack of oxygen.

– You have spasms or are shaking.

What to do before a heat stroke

First of all, if we suspect that the dog is suffering from heat stroke, we must act quickly, putting fear and nerves aside.

The first thing we will do is take you to the coolest place we have access to. Then we will apply water all over the body , especially on the head, belly and armpits. You can pass ice cubes over your body, but without leaving them in one area for long. It is important that the dog drink fresh water , not too cold. If the animal cannot move much, give it to him with your hands or use a syringe. Try to get him to drink water, but not a large amount as it could be counterproductive.

Once you have carried out these emergency measures, take him to the vet to examine him and determine if there has been internal damage.

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