Guides and advice on how to intervene and prevent
Summer is coming, together with which the desire to be outdoors returns, spend days in the parks, go for walks with our puppies.
When it is very hot, however, it is necessary to be very careful of our 4-legged friends.
All dogs suffer from the heat, but those most at risk of heat stroke are very old dogs, those in overweight and those who are genetically predisposed to respiratory problems such as pugs and bulldogs.
How does temperature regulation work in dogs?
The dog, having very few sweat glands, regulates its own temperature through breathing with the tongue out and through the perspiration of the paws.
This self-regulation, however, sometimes it is not enough to make the dog cool down which can suffer from heatstroke.
Symptoms that make us understand that we must intervene immediately are wheezing, staggering, vomiting or even fainting.
How to intervene?
Immediately move your dog to a cool, shady area, give him good water, wet his head, neck, paws and armpits with cold, non-icy water, and cover him with a cool, damp cloth. If he doesn't recover, run to the vet.
How to prevent?
Don't take your dog out during the hottest hours of the day, don't let him walk on hot asphalt and always carry water with you. Do not leave it in the car in the heat, do not transport it in a car without air conditioning and do not get it into the car until it is cool enough.
Use one of our cooling bandanas when you go out and a cooling mat when you stay indoors.
These small steps will preserve your dog's health in the hottest periods.