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|What To Do If You Think Your Dog is Heat Stressed
The normal temperature of a dog is 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit . You should worry if the temperature is 105 degrees or above. You can use any human oral thermometer in the dog; place it two to three inches into the rectum for a minute.
If your dog is overheated, you should provide them with plenty of drinking water. Put cool water over the entire dog to help bring their body temperature down. If there is a limited amount of water, you should wet the ear flaps and the feet first. An alternate liquid that can be good for cooling purposes is rubbing alcohol.
Next, you need to take the dog to your veterinarian immediately. If your dog has heat stroked, there are other treatments that need to be performed other than just cooling him with water.
Many areas of the world are seeing record high temperatures, which makes it even more important to ensure that your pets are kept cool. Veterinarians commonly see dogs with heat stroke, but most of these cases could easily have been averted with some easy precautions.
The following six tips will help you keep your dog cool:
If your dog is heat stressed, it will be panting heavily, with its
tongue hanging out long and wide. This increases the surface area of the
tongue and allows for more evaporation to happen, which helps keep your
dog cool. Another symptom is the color of the gums will be a very bright red or sometimes a muddy
color. If you notice any of these symptoms, take action immediately! Cool down the dog and call your veterinarian for further instructions.
Heat stroke in dogs is usually easily preventable. Using these tips will let you enjoy hot weather safely with your dog and may even save your dog's life!
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