5 Tips To Protect Your Dog From Heath Strokes

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Dogs are much more sensitive to hot temperatures than we are. Unlike humans, they cannot easily regulate their body temperature, as they only have sweat glands in the footpads. The only way they can eliminate heat is by panting.

It's very important that you are aware of this, since "just one moment" could be fatal.

How To Prevent Heath Strokes

1. Make sure he/she has always enough fresh water.

2. If the dog is outdoors, make sure there are shady spots and there is a ventilated area.

3. Never leave your dog in the car if the temperature is high, let alone with the windows closed. He could suffer serious damage in less than 10 minutes, and die in less than 20.

4. Avoid going for a walk during the hottest hours of the day.

5. Feed him/her when the temperature has dropped.

Symptoms Of Heath Stroke

Your dog's body temperature should be between 38º and 39ºC (100-102ºF). A dog might suffer a heath stroke when the body temperature reaches 42ºC (107,6ºF). Some symptoms of a heath stroke are:

  • Panting

  • Decay

  • Abnormal hearth rhythm

If we don't act fast, he or she will start trembling, slobbering and suffering from a lack of oxygen.

If this happens, it is very important to go to the vet as soon as possible. While you get professional assistance, place the dog in a ventilated area, out of the sun, and try to drop his body temperature with wet towels, or by applying a cold pack to his head and underarm. Offer him water, but don't force him to drink if he doesn't want to.

Risk Factors

Be extremely careful with:

  • Older dogs or puppies

  • Dogs with obesity problems

  • Breeds with shortened faces