How To Tell If Your Dog Is Suffering From Heat Exhaustion

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How To Tell If Your Dog Is Suffering From Heat Exhaustion

by Charley Hwang

Any dog would love spending its time in the great outdoors, running along the sidewalks, playing in the pond or lounging in the park. Dogs prefer to hang around outside the house because that?s where all the action is at and dogs love excitement! Besides knowing that your dogs have their fun while outdoors, being a dog owner, you must be aware of the temperature outside, and when it gets to hot, it may be dangerous for your dog, for it may experience heatstroke or heat stress.

When we humans are active outdoors when the weather is hot we usually find ways to cool ourselves off, such as drinking lots of water, and or going indoors to chill out. But when dogs are engrossed in what they do, they forget that they are actually tired and thirsty and they may spend a long time outside without replenishing their body with water, or cool off.

Heat problems dogs experience usually come from heat stress, which results from too much exposure to high temperatures, or from heatstroke, which is also from too much sun but with high humidity levels. If the dog has lost a lot of fluids and does not rehydrate it may cause it to experience cellular breakdown, heart failure and even brain damage.

There are some dogs which are more prone to internal injuries because of heat stress and heatstroke. If your dog has cardiovascular conditions, or respiratory issues, overweight, or is short-nosed buried, it may experience damage three times faster than other dogs.

Pay attention and care to your dog if it tends to stay out long in the hot weather, and look out for signs that show that it may be suffering from heat conditions.

-When your dog staggers instead of walking properly.

-When he pants more than usual, with a slight rasp.

-When he looks overtly anxious with a delirious expression.

-Warm skin as well as dry.

-Weak and restless behaviour.

-Having a temperature of over 104?F.

-Watch for inappropriate salivation in his mouth.

-Diarrhea and vomiting symptoms.

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