What Causes Heat Stroke in a Dog?
With 95+ degree temperatures right now in Florida- Lakeland Pet Sitters and Pet Parents need to be extremely careful to avoid dog heatstroke.
Heatstroke can leade to long term Organ failure or even Death.
Typical Dog Temperature:
98-102 Normal- anything above- dangerous!
lack of Ventilation
Dogs More Prone:
Dogs that Overexert- not stop play types
Hot Concert/Rock- if you cant touch with back of hand- too hot for them
Play outside during non peak hot times
Play with hose/sprinkler
Bring water with you for pup
Take breaks in the shade
Build up to longer walks if never done before or during change of a season
DO NOT LEAVE in car- even for 10 minutes- also illegal in Florida.
Signs + Symptoms:
Excessive Painting ( harder to determine)
Increased Body Temp
BRIGHT RED gums
Peticia ( bruising on the skin)
What You Should Do If it Happens:
Move pet to cooler place
Run COOL water- NOT COLD- cover whole body
Spray paw pads with Alcohol to help get rid of heat quickly from the body
Run cool water in mouth/tounge- do not choke
Massage Dogs Legs
Cool Pad to top of head
Get to Vet! Follow Up care may be needed.
Look out for signs for weeks after incident