Heatwave survival Tips for our canine friends

Heatwave

Well some would say we are having our best summer for years, I am even hearing people saying “Best summer since 1976!” Well we may think that but what about our Canine friends in this heatwave. I look out my window in the afternoon when i am home and I see people walking their dogs, the poor things are panting and probably feeling every step on their pads.

ok to make my point imagine this, the hob has been on, you put your hand on it and burn yourself, you would withdraw your hand immediately, right? But then i come along and put your other hand on the hob then the first alternating for around 15 minutes.

you’d be pretty pissed right?

That is what you are doing to your dog!

Ok here are a few tips as to helping our canine friends in this severe heatwave

(for the uk at least)


  1. The simplest trick is buy a cool mat and encourage the dog to get on it with a little positive reinforcement such as treats only when the dog is on its mat. The draw back to this, for me at least, is that Stella will not stay on it, no matter how hard i try.
  2. A wet towel, every night we wet a towel and put it over Stella for as long as it takes for her to calm down and stop panting
  3. For those of you who have access to one, if you’re not subject to a hosepipe ban, a good shower with a hose pipe will cool dogs down quite quickly
  4.  Rock Sulphur in your dogs water is a brilliant way of cooling them down from the inside, lowering their bloods temperature, again I have a small problem with this as Stella will not drink water with anything in it, except Ice cubes.
  5. We have taken to putting bottles of water in the fridge for Stella also an ice tray which we put in her water if she is going to be left for a while or in her water over night.
  6. Limit your walks to early morning, before the sun is at is fullest strength or at dusk when the suns heat is dying, and don’t over exert your dog as you are not doing him or her any favours.

observations for the heatwave

On a recent visit to the vet, she showed me Stella’s tongue and said you need to keep any eye on her as she is mildly dehydrated, which is what motivated me in this post.

Heat stroke amongst our canine friends

  • Panting.
  • Dehydration.
  • Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
  • Increased body temperature – above 103° F (39° C)
  • Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body.
  • Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine.
  • Sudden (acute) kidney failure.
  • Rapid heart rate

ICE WARNING

since writing this i have seen an article on line, which says, do not give your dog directly ice, as it will not help them and may in fact be detrimental to your dogs health!

Acknowledgements

A big thank you to my usual contributors, Dawn Jeffs and our Vets Penrose and Partners in Colchester who’s website has plenty more tips and advice for keeping your dogs cool. I also acknowledge google for the Heat stroke notes.

 

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