Here are some tips to guide you to keep dogs safe. Also a few interesting products and gadgets that could come in handy to keep your dogs cool in the hot weather.
First of all, heat exhaustion can sneak up on dogs as well as people. The first signs that indicate that a dog is at risk for heatstroke include:
• Excessive panting • Hyperventilation • Weakness • Seeking a cool/shady spot • Excessive salivation • Excessive thirst • Confusion • Enlarging tongue • Bright or dark red gums/lips/tongue • Grayish or pale gums • Dry gums • Increasing heart rate • Anxious or distressed behavior
If the dog's high temperature is not relieved, more severe symptoms of heatstroke will become apparent:
• Very rapid heart rate/pulse • Circulation shutdown • Trembling/seizures/falling down • Staggering • Glazed eyes • Respiratory distress • Vomit with blood • Diarrhea with blood • Rectal bleeding • Collapse • Coma
To avoid heat exhaustion and heatstroke, it is crucial that dogs have access to shade and plenty of cold water when the weather becomes hot. If it is really hot, it is a good idea to allow more indoor time with fans and an air conditioner. Please NEVER leave your dog in a car!!! It heats up fast. Consider that when you get into a hot car, you need to have adequate air circulation. You can drive with the windows open or with the air conditioner on. Otherwise you probably wouldn't be able to handle the heat.
Try a Cool Kollar
Canine Cooler mat.
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