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January 20, 2016   |   By David Jackson

Protecting Your Pooch: Beating the Heat

As the temperature soars, ensuring your furry friend stays cool is crucial. Discover how to prevent and recognize heat stroke in dogs, and the steps to take in case of an emergency.

Prevention is Key

To safeguard your dog from heat stroke, follow these tips:

  1. Indoor Retreat: Keep your dog indoors during hot weather.
  2. Cooling Gear: Invest in dog cooling jackets, mats, fans, or air conditioning units.
  3. Frozen Treats: Create refreshing treats by freezing items like chicken feet, dog treats, or bits of their food in water. Your dog will love licking the icy delight.

Signs of Heat Stroke

Watch out for these signs indicating your dog may be experiencing heat stroke:

  • Heavy Panting
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Lethargy or Drowsiness
  • Uncoordinated Behavior
  • Collapsed or Vomiting

Emergency Action Plan

If you suspect your dog has heat stroke, take these immediate steps:

  1. Call the Vet: Seek professional medical advice promptly.
  2. Cooling Measures: Move your dog to a shaded area and gently apply cool (not freezing) water over their body. Avoid pouring water directly on the head.
  3. Towel Treatment: Soak towels in cool water and place them on your dog's body. This helps restore normal breathing.
  4. Hydration: Allow your dog to drink small sips of water to prevent dehydration.

Remember, swift action can save your dog's life. Share this information to ensure all pet owners are well-informed.


Links we have used in this article:

  • 10 signs your dog has a yeast infection by PetMD: Link
  • Yeast dermatitis in dogs by VCA Hospital: Link
  • How to treat a Yeast infection by Care: Link
  • Yeast infections in dogs by Small Door Vet: Link


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