These last weeks, temperatures start rising and exceed 30 degrees Celsius. If it is difficult for us to support this heat, dogs have some troubles too. To avoid overheating, here are some advices.
First of all, dogs don’t sweat. Or just a little. They only have few sweat glands and most of them are under their paws. They gasp to maintain their temperature. Their breathing becomes faster, their tongue get out and their mouth open. Like humans, the pet is less moving, he is looking for shadow and fresh areas.
All dogs are sensitive to heat, but some breeds are even more sensitive than others. Brachycephalic dogs, like bulldogs and boxers have some issues to product fresh air and saliva because of their flat nose, so they can’t cool themselves. Longhair dogs, like the Komondor, Pyrenean Sheepdogs, Bichons or Toy Poodles also have difficulties to low their temperature.
In any case, when the outside temperature is high, you should follow those few rules:
- Don’t walk your dog in the middle of the day, do it early in the morning or in the evening.
- Don’t make him do too many physical exercises.
- Don’t ever let him alone in your car, even if its park in the shadow. When the air-conditioning is off, the temperature in the car could rise to 50 or 60 degrees Celsius. If you must stop on the road, somebody should stay inside with your animal.
- Let him a full bowl of water at its disposal all day long.
- You can also wet your dog, with a water mister or towel. Be careful, don’t use ice-cold water to prevent hypothermia.
These precautions can help you to avoid overheating, which can cause you fluffy ball’s death.
What is the overheating ? It corresponds to an increase of body temperature, also called hypothermia. Usually, thermometer displays 38,5°C for dogs. In case of hypothermia, it can increase up to 39,5°C and beyond 40,5°C, your pet is in danger of death.
Nevertheless, your animal can suffer from overheating. You can identify it with those signs: rapid puffs, excessive salivation, warm nose, strange behavior, bluish tongue, agitation or allowance, muscles tremor, vomiting and diarrhea.
If your dog get these symptoms, you have to act fast. Put him in a fresh area, wet him with a towel (take care, it mustn’t be too cold) and consult your vet as fast as you can.