Here at White River Kennels, we want to keep our puppies and puppies families informed of issues associated summertime heat. Heatstroke in a dog occurs when a dog’s normal body mechanics can not keep the dog’s body cooled down. Dogs don’t sweat so panting can’t always fully cool a dog down when they are overheated. A dog’s average body temperature is 100 to 102.5 degrees. A body temperature over 106 degrees is deadly and calls for immediate veterinary assistance. Our Weimaraners and Vizslas here at White River Kennels love being outdoors with their family. Just know that if its to hot for you outside, then your family friend should not be out for extended time either.
Signs of heatstroke include Rapid panting, Bright red tongue, Red or pale gums, thick and sticky saliva, Depression, Weakness and dizziness, Vomiting – sometimes with blood, Diarrhea, Shock, and Coma.
Any pet that cannot cool off is at risk for heatstroke, but some breeds and dogs with certain conditions are more susceptible. Heart disease, obesity, a shorter snout, older age, or breathing problems put the dog at higher risk. If your dog has one of these issues, even normal activities in intense heat can be harmful.
1. When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. Being so close to the ground can heat their body quickly and is also an invitation for burns on pads. Keep walks to a minimum when temperatures are high.
2. Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut can help prevent overheating, but don’t shave to the skin. Of course, with the Weimaraner and Vizsla, it is not necessary to shave your dog as short-haired dogs require very little grooming. With the short hair of Vizslas and Weimaraners, it is essential that they stay inside during intense heat. They need to be walked and or exercised regularly in intervals.
3. Provide access to fresh water at all times. Make sure when your dog is outside, they have access to shade and plenty of water.
4. Restrict exercise when temperatures soar and do not muzzle your dog because it inhibits their ability to pant.
5. Many dogs enjoy a swim, splashing in a wading pool, or a run through a sprinkler in warmer weather. Having access to water can help bring body temperatures down.
6. Never leave your pet in a parked car. The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes, often above 140 degrees. That quick errand can turn into a disaster and could be fatal for your dog.
It might come as a surprise to even the most puppy owners that the very pavement beneath your dog’s paws could be sizzling hot. And hot pavement can have gruesome and painful consequences — a good test to see if the street temperature is safe enough for a walk with your dog. Put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your pup’s feet.