With the weather getting warmer, it's important to understand how to keep your pups cool. Dogs are more prone to heat exhaustion and heat stroke because their fur coats don't provide the same level of protection as human skin does from the sun. Read this
If your dog displays signs of heat exhaustion, do the following:
Take Your Dog To A Cool Place
If your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek a cool location as soon as you can. If you are outside and they are having difficulty breathing, find somewhere inside or with plenty of shade to go to immediately.
Use Water To Cool Your Dog Down
Lower their body temperature by applying cool water and sponge them off. Keep the water at a comfortable temperature for your dog. If they are very small, use lukewarm ( not cold) water instead of refreshing it with cold water too quickly. Using water that is too cold can cool the body too quickly which will actually be more harmful than beneficial.
Focus On The Eyes, Neck And Paws
It's important to keep cool water applied in packs around your dog's eyes, neck and paws for them to cool down.
Fan Your Dog Until Temperature Drops To 39.4°C
To dry them off, put your dog in front of a fan. If you have a pet thermometer on hand, take their temperature every few minutes as they start to cool down. Once the temp drops below 39.4 degrees (C), stop using the fan and no longer applying water at all.
WARNING: Never use a glass thermometer that your dog might bite and break.
Hydrate Your Dog
As they continue to cool down, provide drinking water in small doses. No ice and no cold water!
Speak To Your Vet
Call your vet immediately, even if your dog seems to be recovering--your veterinary expert may be able to tell you more about the symptoms of heat exhaustion. It is possible that a dog who seems to have recovered from heat exhaustion may be experiencing some other complications and need medical treatment.
Heat exhaustion is a serious condition that can be deadly for dogs. In this article, we've provided the steps you need to take if your dog starts showing signs of heat exhaustion so you can keep them safe and healthy during these hot summer months! Remember-- prevention is key! If you can't be proactive in protecting your fur-child from these dangers, it's best not to leave him unattended outside for too long. Be sure to follow all of the steps we outlined above if they show signs of heat exhaustion so that their condition doesn’t worsen into a more serious medical emergency. And don't forget-- our team at Paws On Grass is striving to make the summertime in UAE a lot safer with our POGs, convenient and accessible doggy grass toilets for your home.