As a pet owner, you are responsible for understanding the risks that come along with different seasons. Your puppy may be summer-ready, but it is up to you to keep him cool and safe during the dog days of summer. Dogs can develop heat stroke just like people can. This condition is extremely dangerous and may result in brain damage or death if left untreated.
Each year, thousands of dogs die from heat stroke.
Heat stroke is a very serious condition. It can be deadly to puppies, dogs of any age, size, breed or health condition. Each year, thousands of dogs die from heat stroke.
The symptoms of heatstroke in puppies include:
- Excessive panting
- Increased body temperature
- Rapid pulse and heartbeat (pulse rate over 170 beats per minute) — you may feel these through your hands if you take his foot lightly between them and press firmly down on the top of his paw while he’s relaxed
Heat stroke is the extreme overheating of a dog’s body and brain.
Heat stroke is the extreme overheating of a dog’s body and brain. It can happen suddenly, within minutes, and when it does, it’s usually fatal. A heat-stricken animal will be in distress, panting heavily with its tongue hanging out; its skin may be red or pinkish-red with visible pores dilated open; it may be drooling excessively; its paws will feel warm to the touch as well; you might notice an increase in urination or defecation due to kidneys shutting down from overheating. If you suspect your dog has heat stroke: seek veterinary attention immediately!
Your puppy’s brain may become damaged if his body becomes too hot.
Heat stroke is an extremely serious condition that can lead to permanent damage to your puppy’s brain. Heat stroke occurs when the body cannot get rid of excess heat efficiently enough and the internal temperature rises significantly. If this happens, your puppy’s brain may swell, become inflamed and even become damaged permanently or die from the high temperatures.
If you suspect your puppy has a heat stroke you should immediately call the veterinarian for advice on what steps to take next.
When your dog is exposed to very high temperatures, he may be unable to send signals to regulate his body temperature.
While humans sweat to cool themselves down, dogs can’t sweat. Dogs rely on panting and sweating to keep their bodies at the right temperature. Panting is a cooling mechanism that works by pulling the heat out of a dog’s lungs and through their mouth. While this helps cool down your dog’s body temperature, it also makes it more difficult for him to breathe properly as he gets older (and especially as he ages).
Panting also means that your dog may need more water than what you might expect when working in heat conditions. It’s important not just for helping with hydration but also because being dehydrated causes an increase in body temperature which will only cause more discomfort for him!
Symptoms of heat stroke in puppies include heavy panting, bright red gums and tongue, elevated body temperature and vomiting.
The following are the most common symptoms of heat stroke in puppies:
- Heavy panting and bright red gums and tongue
- Elevated body temperature (can be as high as 105 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Vomiting, lethargy, confusion or depression, convulsions and bloody diarrhea
Monitor your puppy closely during high temperatures and watch for signs of heat stress or heat stroke.
When it comes to the prevention of heat stroke in puppies, you should take extra precautions during hot spells. It is important that you monitor your puppy closely during high temperatures and watch for signs of heat stress or heat stroke. If your puppy starts panting heavily, take him away from the sun to a cool area where he can rest and drink water. If he becomes lethargic and disoriented, take him away from the sun to a cool area where he can rest and drink water.
Always provide your puppy with fresh water.
Always provide your puppy with fresh water. Your puppy will need to drink a lot of water, so always make sure that you have a bowl of fresh water available for them at all times.
Never leave your puppy without fresh water in a bowl that is big enough for them to reach their mouth into (no matter how much they may want to lick the walls or carpet). Make sure that this bowl has been cleaned thoroughly before refilling it each day, as dirty water can lead to infections in your pup’s system.
Do not leave your puppy in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open slightly – even on moderately warm days.
Even on a moderately warm day, the inside of your car can reach dangerous temperatures in less than an hour. No matter how much you crack open the windows, there’s no such thing as “just a little bit hot.”
In fact, according to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), even on an 80°F day (which is fairly temperate for Texas), the interior temperature of your car can climb over 100°F within minutes if parked in direct sunlight and with no airflow inside. The same APCC report states that it takes only eight minutes for heatstroke to occur in pets left inside vehicles – even after they’ve been removed from direct sunlight.
Keep your puppy inside if you don’t have air conditioning during high temperatures.
Because your puppy cannot regulate its body temperature as well as adults can, it’s very important to make sure that your pup stays cool during hot weather. In the event that you don’t have air conditioning in your home, there are other things you can do to make sure your puppy doesn’t overheat.
- Make sure your house is well ventilated and cool when possible. Open up all of the windows and doors to get a cross breeze going throughout the house. If this isn’t enough to keep things cool enough for your little guy or gal, consider purchasing an oscillating fan that will circulate air throughout the room while keeping them cool on those hot summer days!
- If possible, get a kiddie pool for your pet so they have somewhere else besides their bed where they can relax when they’re not playing fetch with their favorite toy or chewing on their bone (you know how much puppies love chewing!). The water will help keep them cooler overall when compared with being inside alone without any water nearby at all!
Heat stroke can be deadly to puppies.
You can help prevent heat stroke in your puppy by:
- Keeping your dog cool. If you’re going to be spending time outdoors, take along water for him and make sure he gets plenty of breaks to drink it. If you’re taking him out on a hot day, try putting a wet bandana around his neck. This will help cool him down while protecting his skin from sunburns or other injuries that might occur if he doesn’t have much fur yet (which can also happen).
- Giving the right amount of exercise and playtime at the right time of day; don’t overdo it! Dogs need lots of daily exercise–but too much can lead to overheating because they pant more heavily when they’re exhausted after playing hard all day long instead of just getting enough restful sleep at night so they feel energized during daylight hours instead of exhausted like humans often do after working out too hard during any given week-long period…you get where I’m going here?
- Avoiding too much sun exposure if possible; most dogs have fur coats which protect them from direct sunlight but some breeds don’t have as thick coats as others so keep an eye out for signs such as excessive panting or drooling due these symptoms being indicative that something may be wrong with either yourself or your pet’s well being when exposed too long outside during summer months–it’s always better safe than sorry!
So, what have we learned? Puppies are incredibly cute and amazing creatures, but they have a lot of unique health considerations that us humans need to be aware of. We all love our puppies, but we also need to make sure that we keep them safe from harm. In hot weather, one of the biggest risks for dogs is heat stroke. It’s important for puppy owners to understand what causes heat stroke in dogs and how they can prevent it from happening in their furry friends. While this might seem like an overwhelming thing at first, with just a little bit of awareness and proactive care you can protect your pup and give them the best possible life!