Heatstroke is a serious ailment, for both humans and pups, and it can be an especially fatal emergency situation for fur balls.
You may want to bring your pup out with you on a walk in 100 degree weather. Don’t. It’s important to keep your pups safe and healthy, and therefore free of heatstroke.
Sweat helps regulate our body temperature on hot days. Fur balls have very few sweat glands, and as such, their bodies’ only way to keep cool is by panting. This means they’re more susceptible to heatstroke than animals who can sweat. Basically, if you’re uncomfortable, hot, or sweating, your pup is likely in worse condition.
Just in case, you should also be aware of some of the symptoms of heatstroke. Excessive panting, hyperventilation, restlessness, bright red gums, vomiting, and diarrhea are all signs of this condition. A pup suffering from heatstroke may also collapse if his symptoms have persisted for too long.
If you suspect your pup may have heatstroke, spray him with cool water and contact an emergency veterinarian immediately. Never immerse you fur ball is ice; that could just make things worse.
How can you avoid this happening to your beloved fur balls? During heat waves, avoid bringing him out during the hotter times of the day. When you do go out, bring along a water bottle and make sure your fur ball is kept hydrated throughout the whole time. Never leave home without a water bottle for your pup, even when the weather seems cool!
Stay safe out there, and keep your fur ball cool. Don’t forget to share this with other pup parents!