How to keep your dog cooool when the temperature rises
Ice-cubes, frozen carrots or stuffed frozen Kongs – rinse under tap to take the frosting off first so that the dogs lips don't get stuck to it. Just a few suggestions that you might not have thought of to keep your dog cool when the temperature rises
Here is an inexpensive cooling mat you might like to buy should this heat wave continue.
Remember if you are warm your pets are probably feeling the heat too.
Keep them in the shade.
Give them lots of opportunities to cool down
Don't walk on the pavements – do the back of your hand test... If too hot for your hand it's too hot for their paws.
Walk early morning or when cooler in the evening.
Don't go over the top with ball throwing and running. Instead do sniffy walks and scatter feed your dog to encourage calm slow brainy walks. These are more calming for a dog and you will have a more relaxed dog as a result.
Take water with you.
Check freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds and canals to make sure they are clean before letting your dog dive in. Some types of algae, including blue-green algae, are toxic to dogs. If your dog swims in algae-contaminated water, contact your vet immediately.
If swimming in the sea rinse of salt water straight away and remember drinking sea water can make the dog sick.
Dogs can and do drown in rivers and the sea. If your dog has inhaled water, contact your vet, as they can suffer complications.
Pale-coloured dogs are vulnerable to sunburn, particularly on their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas. Sun damage can lead to skin cancer which may require extensive surgery – even amputation in severe cases. Sunlight can also make existing skin conditions worse, particularly if your dog has allergies.
Do not leave them in the car ... EVER!! If transporting in the car make sure there is plenty of fresh air circulating for them.
Extra water and change it regularly.
Keep water in the shade.
Don't leave your dog unsupervised.
Watch for erratic breathing and panting. Don't underestimate these signs. Move the dog straight away. Cool off with cool water... NOT freezing cold water.
Symptoms of heatstroke are:
· Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
· Increased body temperature - above 103° F (39° C)
· Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body.
· Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine.
· Sudden (acute) kidney failure.
· Rapid heart rate.
at this point it is too late, the damage is done! Seek medical advice ASAP
Clare NL Grierson
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