Insolation in dogs – Symptoms and prevention

As the summer approaches, our dogs are subjected to high temperatures. Even in some cases the heat can kill our pets if we do not take the appropriate measures.

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By not having sweat glands all over their bodies, dogs can not regulate their body temperature as efficiently as in humans, which they do is eliminate it when they pant and through the sweat that is generated in the paw pads and in other isolated areas such as the womb.

Continue reading this article from YourCatCareguide to get to know all about sunstroke in dogs , symptoms and prevention.

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Symptoms of heat stroke

Sun insolation can have serious consequences in the animal : kidney failure, liver failure, multiple organ failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, loss of sugars and salts, etc.

The brachycephalic breeds (French Bulldog, Pug, Boxer, etc.), long-haired and those from cold climates (Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, St Bernard, Samoyed, etc.) suffer especially at this time of year. Puppies with obesity , puppies and the elderly are also susceptible to heat stroke.

These are the most important symptoms to detect the possible insolation in dogs:

  • Excessive overeating and rapid breathing.
  • High body temperature (above 42ºC). The normal temperature is between 37.7º C and 39.1º C.
  • High heart rate.
  • Cyanosis (blue-colored skin due to lack of oxygen).
  • Weakness, muscle tremors and reeling.
  • Abundant salivation.

How to treat sunstroke in dogs

In case we have a dog affected by a sunstroke, it is important to emphasize that we should not lower the temperature abruptly , but rather gradually since we can cause hypothermia.

The ideal would be to take you immediately to a veterinary clinic, but in case you can not or will not arrive, you should do the following calmly and without stressing the animal:

  • Take the animal to a cool place that is not in direct contact with the sun. It is also a good idea to use a fan to give the animal air.
  • Apply cold (not icy) water on the head, neck, belly, chest and paws. Do not cover with cold water towels, apply only cloths or small towels.
  • Moisten his mouth with water without forcing him to drink.
  • Measure your temperature with a thermometer to see if it has dropped to around 39 ° C.

Prevent sunstroke in dogs

To prevent your pet from getting too hot in the summer, you should take the following precautionary measures into account :

  • Do not leave your dog closed in cars exposed to the sun, nor in very hot spaces without ventilation.
  • Always give him fresh, clean water.
  • Avoid physical exercise in the hottest hours.
  • If your dog lives outdoors, you should make sure you have a shaded area or a place where you do not hit the sun directly.
  • If our dog is long-haired, we should take him to a canine aesthetic center to cut his hair and get fresher.
  • Let your dog go to the water at dog-specific beaches or water lakes, always under his supervision.

See also our article in which we tell you how much water a dog should drink per day .

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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