Unfortunately, every summer the dogs suffer from overheating. In a number of cases this even leads to death. What to do to prevent this?
How does overheating occur and what are the dangers?
overheating dog beach. Dogs do not have the ability to lose their warmth through sweating. They can only do this by panting and through the soles of the feet. Their ability to dissipate excess heat is therefore limited. At extremely high body temperature there is a danger of solidification of body proteins that can lead to irreversible damage (compare it with boiling an egg).
What are the alarms when a dog overheats?
Drooling a lot
When measuring temperatures above between 40.5 and 42! degrees
Red mucous membranes
Fall outside consciousness
Overheated and now?
A dog that has overheated must be cooled down as soon as possible. This is best done by laying a wet sheet or towel over the dog, and always soaking it with new cold water. Also give the animal small sips of water to drink. Do not just throw a bucket of cold water over the dog! Also contact your veterinarian.
Dogs, cars and warm weather; a life-threatening combination!
dog in car Leaving the dog in a car in hot weather or sunny weather can have disastrous consequences. Even if the car is in the shade and the windows are slightly open, it soon becomes unbearably hot and stuffy. When the car is in full sun, it is done quickly. The car becomes a greenhouse. Panting will not be enough to cool down and soon his body temperature will rise to dangerous heights. If intervened in time, he can survive, although the danger is that he has suffered damage to the brain or kidneys.
What to do with a dog who is in the car in warm weather?
Try to track down the owner, if this does not work then it is wise to warn the police and the animal ambulance as soon as possible. If that does not help, you can strike a diamond to free the dog. Striking a diamond, is that allowed? If it is really a matter of life or death, you may do so. This is referred to in legal terms as ‘business perception’: you act in the interest of another person.
How can I prevent overheating?
A stay in the car is not the only reason for overheating. Other heavy effort such as playing or running behind the ball can also lead to problems. Symptoms include lethargy and vomiting. This, too, is life-threatening, the dog can lose its life, or serious damage to the kidneys, for example.
Cycling in the summer also poses a risk. The dog must have a good condition and be able to cool off regularly (for example by swimming). Moreover, the distance must not be too great. Do not go cycling with your dog on a summer day if you never do that. Not only can this quickly lead to an irresponsible rise in the body temperature of the dog, but the hot asphalt, stone or concrete is also still in a different way disastrous. As mentioned earlier, the dog can only dissipate heat through his tongue (panting) and through his feet. These are always humid in warm weather. When the dog walks over a warm road surface, a large blister is formed very quickly, which is very painful and can last for days.
The beach is not the best place for a dog at noon. The sand is hot and for the dogs painful to the feet. Moreover, dogs are not allowed on many beaches in the summer months. So do not take your dog with you unless your pet can lie in a shaded place, cool down regularly in the water and always have fresh drinking water.
What to do with old dogs and puppies?
Old dogs and puppies need extra care and attention, just like old people and children, during hot days. For them, more than for healthy, adult dogs is that you keep a close eye on them and take all precautionary measures into account.