While it is well known that humans can suffer from heat stroke, few people know that hot weather can also cause the same condition in dogs.
Heat stroke is a disease that can occur in all dogsbut some breeds are slightly more sensitive to heat.
The RSPCA website says, “Certain types of dogs are more prone to heatstroke, such as very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, thick coats, or dogs with very short, flat faces like pugs and bulldogs. Dogs with certain illnesses or on certain types of medications are also at higher risk.
Dog Breeds Are Most Likely To Suffer From Heat Stroke
According to the PDSAHere are some of the dog breeds most likely to suffer from heat stroke:
- english bulldog
- french bulldog
- Mastiff of Bordeaux
- Shih Tzu
- boston terrier
This is due to their flat face, with the nose playing an important role in a dog’s ability to cool off.
How to spot heatstroke in a dog?
Heat stroke is a serious condition that develops when a dog gets too hot and has trouble bringing down its temperature.
Signs of heat stroke can include excessive panting, drooling, bright red gums, shaking, vomiting and, in severe cases, collapsing.
The RSPCA also states that dogs can become lethargic or disoriented.
What to do if your dog has heat stroke?
Dogs suffering from heatstroke need urgent care to help bring down their temperature. The RSPCA advises the following steps for a dog suffering from heat stroke:
- Move the dog to a shady, cool place
- Immediately pour cool water (not cold to avoid shocks) on the dog. Tap water (15-16°C) has been shown to be most effective in cooling dogs with heat-related illnesses. In a real emergency, any water is better than none.
- Wet towels placed on the dog can aggravate his condition by trapping heat. In mild cases, towels can be placed under the dog, but never over it, and in an emergency, water immersion or pouring water with an air movement is ideal.
- Let the dog drink small amounts of fresh water
- Keep pouring cool water over the dog until his breathing starts to calm down, but not so much that he starts shivering
- Dogs that have passed out will stop panting, although they still have a very high temperature, these dogs need urgent aggressive cooling as a priority.
- Throughout treatment for heat stroke, try to avoid pouring water on or near your dog’s head, as there is a risk of him inhaling water which could lead to drowning. especially for flat-faced and unconscious dogs.
Once the dog has cooled down, take him immediately to the nearest veterinarian.