Take a chill pill – This is what we usually hear when we feel angry or hot. And sometimes it is literally meant to give a person a chilling beverage that can help a person cool down. A dessert safari or a long beach day and we go for a chilled beer as soon as possible. Now imagine the same thing happening to a dog. A long walk in the hot sun or a rigorous training session for your dog, but the only difference is that the dog can’t walk up to the fridge and grab a bottle of chilled beer for a quick relief. Doesn’t mean that the dog doesn’t need its nerves to calm down and the body temperature to cool down.
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Unlike humans, dogs don’t sweat. So, there are no such clear signs that can tell us that the dog is feeling hot. We need to understand the way dogs communicate. As a dog’s temperature rises, blood rushes to the surfaces of the tongue, gums, and membranes to help transfer excess heat. Dogs usually show signs to tell us they are hot. These include –
During conditions where the dog is feeling hot, the temperature can rise up to 106 Degrees Fahrenheits. If this happens, the dog’s body no longer will be able to cool itself down. The dog may try to grasp more air to meet the oxygen demands in the body and there are chances that the entire mouth might turn grayish to purple. Getting hot also causes dehydration and the saliva starts to thicken. Vomiting and diarrhea may be further effects. After some time the dog may feel unable to stand, may experience comatose, have a seizure or even die. In such cases, even if you succeed in cooling the dog, rush immediately to the hospital despite the dog acting normal as the organs inside may have damaged from inside. There are chances of death even after being cooled down after seeming normal. Here are some of the summer tips for dogs.
The best way is of course to avoid over-heating in the first place. But a lot of things in life cannot be avoided and so is over-heating in dogs. When found over-heated or with any of the above-mentioned symptoms, below are some quick techniques to provide instant relief and limit the symptoms to avoid severe damage –
If you look at all these methods, they are nothing but everything our beautiful mothers would teach us or do to us when we feel very hot. So, another point is to always listen to moms. They are the best.
Although it is completely normal for your dog to feel hot, over-heating can be dangerous at times and even fatal. Keep looking for signs. Keep him/her healthy. Take precautions. And enjoy the company of your healthy dog.
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Here at Spot Pet Insurance, we do our best to provide helpful dog info. We care deeply about your dog’s health and want to be with you every step of the way. For other helpful info about pets, check out our Spot Pet Insurance webpage! Here we provide you with educational materials that can help you with the best foods, toys, safety, and care tips for your dog. We also offer personalized pet insurance plan options to help keep your dog protected in case of unexpected accidents and illnesses.
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