Heatstroke in dogs occurs when a dog's temperature reaches a dangerous level and he has no way to dump the heat - such moving to a shady spot, access to water etc.
When the temperature's rising, as well as the humidity, your pet wants you to know all about how to handle this condition because it can easily become fatal.
Not to worry - by the time you finish reading this article you're going to be hip on the subject and ready to step in if needed!
Heatstroke, also known as hypothermia or heat exhaustion, can come on quite quickly just from a dog's normal activities and once it does, swift action is needed to bring down the temperature.
Unlike humans, Rover has few ways to dump heat and cool
off. Here are some ways you can help.
Heatwaves or just very warm summer days, are times when dogs need special attention. A few of the following pet safety measures may save your dog's life on these occasions:
In short, to avoid heatstroke a dog needs to be hydrated, shaded and cooled off by sufficient ventilation.
Typically the biggest threat to heatstroke for pets is when they are left in cars where temperatures can rise very quickly.
Being aware of the signs of heatstroke in dogs will enable you to act quickly if you spot your dog or someone else's dog in danger:
In general, an appearance of a thirsty dog in distress.
If you have ever hiked the Grand Canyon on a hot day, as I have, you too may have experienced some of the above symptoms!
If condition appears more severe and your dog looks very weak, or there is any doubt in your mind, don't hesitate to call the vet.
To help you be more confident as a dog owner and learn to recognize various dog health conditions, I also suggest you get a copy of Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats.
Written by a renowned veterinary authority, this reference contains information about using natural remedies as well as mainstream solutions for dog problems.