Modern Vet has seen a surge in heat-stroke and heat-exhaustion cases in the past two weeks. Dubai is in for one of the hottest summers ever recorded; all pet owners need to be aware and take precautions to ensure the safety of your pets. Please take a few minutes to read through this post; it could make the difference between life and death.
Limit Exercise on Hot, Humid Days.
Avoid strenuous activity and opt for short walks in the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler. Be sure to bring some water along.
Never Leave Your Dog in the Car.
When it is 50 degrees outside your car’s interior can soar to a dangerous 70 degrees in 30 minutes, even with the windows cracked.
Keep Your Pup Hydrated.
Set up water stations throughout your home to ensure your dog has a continous supply. Add a few ice cubes to the bowl so the water stays cool longer.
Dogs with short hair, light-colored fur, and pink skin can become sunburned. Apply dog sunscreen on your pup before heading outdoors.
Know the Signs of Overheating.
Dogs cool themselves by panting; on hot days that may not be sufficient. Watch out for nonstop panting, hot skin, incoordination, bright red, gray, purple, or bluish gums, increased salivation, confusion, diarrhea vomiting.
Be Mindful of Your Dog’s Risk.
Flat-faced breeds like pugs are prone to headstroke since they can’t pant as efficiently as other breeds. Older or overweight dogs are also more susceptible.
Here’s What To Do If Your Pet Does Overheat: Reduce your pooch’s temperature – Put cool wet towels over the neck, under the armpits, and between the hind legs. Wet the ear flaps and paw pads using cool water.
Get To A Vet ASAP! Finally, transport your overheated pooch to your vet – Call ahead so they can be alerted to prepare for your dog’s treatment. Your pet may have to receive oxygen, some fluids, and other treatments.