Spring is here and it is acting more like SUMMER. It is going to be 90 degrees today! Each spring we send out our heat stroke signs email. When it is hot the best thing to do is get to your dogs as early as possible. Dogs do not tolerate heat well.
When you walk your dogs, walk them in the shade and carry water with you. Give the dogs shelter and lots of water. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water yourself.
Watch dog’s paws on hot surfaces, again, seek shady places to walk, stay close to client’s home, bring water for you and your dog charges. Please review these signs of Heat Stroke.
Early Stages of Heat-Stroke in Animals:
- Heavy panting
- Rapid breathing
- Excessive drooling
- Bright red gums and tongue
- Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to maintain balance.
- White or blue gums
- Lethargy, unwillingness to move
- Uncontrollable urination or defecation
- Labored, noisy breathing
If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down:
- Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog’s paw pads
- Apply ice packs to the groin area
- Hose down with water.
- Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water
- Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes