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4/14/2011 8:01 am  #1

Overheating-Heat stroke

Here's something to read for learning purposes.

1. Dog walks and dog runs are best at dawn and dusk where the temperatures are a little cooler.

2. Become familiar with your dog’s regular breathing pattern on a typical day so that you can quickly recognize your dog breathing abnormally fast on a hot day. That way you can quickly give your dog some immediate cooling measures.

3. Always have a cold bottle of water handy with you at all times. A good trick we do is to have a few water bottles in the freezer so you can grab and go. By the time you arrive at your destination and pup wants a chiller you’re guaranteed to have some extra cold water. A travel dog bowl is also recommended.

4. Never, Never, Never leave your dog unattended in the car on any day, especially not on a HOT summer day. Whether you leave your windows a bit open or plan to return in just a couple of minutes, your dog might suffer some serious brain damage and even death. The temperatures in a car skyrocket to 113°F (45 °C) and up to 140°F (60 °C). Consider how extremely hot it gets inside your car whenever you park outside in hot weather. So hot that you immediately have to open windows and turn on the AC. Now, imagine your poor dog stuck inside that burning bubble!

5. Purchase one of those sturdy plastic kiddy pools. While you’re filling it up talk to your dog and entice him about how fun and exciting it’s going to be. Then maybe with some toys and treats invite him in the pool and make sure you have your video and picture cameras ready cause it’s going to be a super fun ‘Doggy Pool Party’!

6. On a HOT day, hose down your dog with the garden hose. Make sure you take baby steps with the hose so you don’t frighten your dog. Make it fun.

7. Always keep a stainless steel bowl or bucket filled with fresh water in the back yard.

8. Keep your dog indoors (bonus if you have an air conditioned space) on super hot days.

9. High heat is very dangerous but high heat coupled with high humidity is pure torture. You have to tune into the weather man and reserve fun outdoor activities for when the temperatures and humidity index drop to more comfortable summer conditions.

10. If you’re outside and you start to feel hot and sweaty chances are your dog is feeling it too. Take the appropriate measures and protect yourselves from the heat.

11. The shade is your best friend. If you plan on spending the day outdoors with your dog, find a nice spot that has a good-size shaded area and a nice refreshing breeze. The sun is the strongest midday anywhere between 10 am and 4 pm. Keep your pooch camouflaged during those hot times.

12. I highly recommend you do not let your dog drink from those public decorative fountains, except on rare occasions, as they probably contain chemicals to keep the water looking clean and crisp.

13. If you’re at a lake or a pond that allows people and dogs to bathe then give your dog a green light to jump in the water. If there’s no bathing permitted don’t let your dog go into the water for safety measures.

14. Slow down your pace on warmer days when taking your cutie for a walk. Better yet take small ‘pit stops’ for a few minutes to enjoy the air and to give everyone a breather. Stop walking for a longer period if you notice your dog purposely dragging you into the shade and then collapsing under it.

15. Do not play high-energy games like Chase, Flyball, Fetch or Frisbee out in the hot sun, under any circumstances. It’s way too physically draining and your dog will be exhausted and quite possibly suffer a dog heat stroke.

16. Another great idea is to offer your dog a frozen water bottle to snuggle with for an instant cool down. Not all dogs enjoy this technique so be patient with your pooch. Think of it as a cooling ice pack. Adjust the size of the frozen water bottle with the average length of your dog.

17.- There are plenty of cooling vests, hats, outfits, neck straps and such, that you can purchase, that help keep your dog chilled during the summer. We’ve never personally tried any of them but I know that they exist. You might want to give them a try.

Dog Heat Stroke 911
Depending on the length of high heat exposure your dog’s heat stroke can cause some serious harm, which ranges from brain damage to death.

Before we get into solutions and ways to prevent your dog overheating, here’s an overview of what to do in the event you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stress.

1. Don’t panic! Be calm and composed so that you don’t get your dog overly stressed out. Do the following in a very fast and confident manner and verbally communicate with your dog by giving him lot of praise, guidance and telling him nice things such as: “oh you’re such a champion!�� , “you’re making me very proud!��  or “you’re gonna get so much treats after all this!��  Positive statements like that.

2. Immediately take your precious dog out of the scorching sun and into an openly shaded area. Preferably a cooler place that is well ventilated, better yet one, that has some air conditioning.

3. Locate a source of water; an outdoor hose, water fountain, pond, river, even a pool will do. Take a container and fill it up with water or wet a large towel or blanket. You can also bring your dog to the water source if you have no other options. Do not simply throw your dog into a pool or pond because he might go into shock which will further increase his internal body temperature – very counter productive. You must gently immerse him into the water source, very calmly.

4. The next step is to get your dog as wet as possible so his body temperature comes down as fast as possible all in a very calm fashion. You want your dog’s heat stroke to slowly dissipate. Do not forcefully give your dog any water down his throat. Place the wet towel over your dog’s body or run the cool water hose starting at the head all the way to the tail. Pay particular attention in getting the following areas super wet; head, neck, belly, under the front armpits, groin and legs. If you dog tries to move or get up you will have to hold him gently in place so that you can perform these emergency-cooling techniques. Keep watering your dog and massaging his body lightly until you feel his temperature has come down to normal. This may take a few minutes to even up to several hours and sometimes a couple of days depending on your dog’s situation. Do not over-cool your dog because it might cause hypothermia, which is another set of problems. Don’t over do it! Monitor your dog’s body temperature with a rectal thermometer.

5. Once your dog’s body temperature has come down to 102.2°F (39°C) or if you cannot bring down your dog’s body temperature fast, call and rush to your veterinarian’s office or animal hospital immediately. Your dog will require a full medical examination to make sure that he hasn’t suffered any internal permanent damages. He may also require hospitalization if you cannot bring his temperature down with the above cooling techniques. Stay on the safe side and always get your furry baby checked following a dog heat stroke.

4/14/2011 8:29 am  #2

Re: Overheating-Heat stroke

I was hoping someone posted this....very important info specially for summer time and all these climate changes...


4/15/2011 3:23 pm  #3

Re: Overheating-Heat stroke

well they say cancer is the main killer of dogs under 2, but heat stroke is the main killer of bulldogs period... IMO

Every yr a ton of dogs die from heat strokes, you'll see it posted on every board. Here's some other stuff I found from about it.

Heat Stroke   By: Dr. Debra Primovic Share this   
Section: Overview

  Heat stroke is a condition arising from extremely high body temperature (rectal temperature of 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit), which leads to nervous system abnormalities that may include lethargy, weakness, collapse or coma. Abnormally high body temperature (also called hyperthermia) develops after increased muscular activity with impaired ability to give off heat due to high heat and humidity or respiratory obstruction. Allowing a dog to remain in a car with closed windows on a hot summer day is probably the most common cause of heat stroke.

Normal dogs dissipate heat from their skin. In addition, panting allows evaporation of water from the respiratory tract and is an effective method of heat dissipation. When these mechanisms are overwhelmed, hyperthermia and heat stroke usually develop. The elevation in body temperature stimulates the body to release substances that activate inflammation.

At temperatures greater than 109 Fahrenheit, failure of vital organs, and consequently death, can occur.

Heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps can occur after exposure to extremely high environmental temperatures. These illnesses occur in all mammals and can be prevented by taking proper precautions.

Animals at greatest risk for heat-related illness include:

•Puppies up to 6 months of age

•Overweight dogs

•Dogs overexerted during exercise

•Dogs that are ill or receiving certain medications

•Brachycephalic breeds (dogs with short, wide heads like pugs, English bulldogs, Boston terriers)

•Dogs with obstructive airway diseases

•Dogs with pre-existing fever

•Dogs that are dehydrated

•Dogs with heart disease

•Dogs with poor circulation due to cardiovascular or other underlying disease

•Older pets (large breed dogs over 7 years of age, small breed dogs over 14 years of age)

•Pets with a history of seizures

What to Watch For

•Noisy breathing that may indicate upper airway obstruction

•Excessive panting

•Bright red mucous membranes (gums, conjunctiva of the eyes)




•Altered mentation

•Petechiae (pinpoint hemorrhages on the gums and/or skin)

Hot summer temps can often change your daily routine with your pet. Depending on where you live, it may be too hot to take your pet outside during the day. Pet owners must take precautionary steps to make sure their pets are adequately hydrated and not overheating when playing outdoors during the summer.

•Avoid Pavement in Hot Weather: Your dog has very sensitive paw pads, and the hot asphalt during the summer months can burn them. Instead, opt to walk your pet on grass or plan your walks during the early morning/late evening when the pavement is not as hot.

•Know the Symptoms of Heat stroke: Dogs cannot cool down as easily as humans and are more likely to suffer heat stroke during the summer. The symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, drooling, sluggish and unresponsiveness.
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4/03/2012 7:04 am  #4

Re: Overheating-Heat stroke

Nice this information it is useful to my bull dogs thanks for your wonderful sharing nice work. Keep it up.


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