How to protect your dog from overheating
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How to protect your dog from overheating

The long-awaited summer time has come, and that means it's time to take care of our hairy friends, providing them with vital coolness. Dogs, by its structure feature; heat is transferred much harder than men. Overheating can cause serious consequences. The fact that the body of  dogs hasn’t so many sweat glands, like the human body. The only way to cool the beast - breathe quickly and often. Therefore, we advise all caring owners to be especially attentive to their wards tailed in this hot period.

The long-awaited summer time has come, and that means it's time to take care of our hairy friends, providing them with vital coolness. Dogs, by its structure feature; heat is transferred much harder than men. Overheating can cause serious consequences. The fact that the body of  dogs hasn’t so many sweat glands, like the human body. The only way to cool the beast - breathe quickly and often. Therefore, we advise all caring owners to be especially attentive to their wards tailed in this hot period.

These tips will help keep your dog from overheating

- View Mode walking pet. Logging out for a walk is best early in the morning to 9:00, and in the evening when it gets dark. If possible, O dog for a short walk during the day (10-15 minutes). On daily walks do not let the dog have fun too active, you should be cautious and calm truant animal in the shade.

- Watch closely to the dog always has access to fresh water. Water should be cool, but not ice - this can harm pets.

- During the summer, it is advisable to feed the animal light and low-fat food. You may notice that the pet is eating without appetite. Indifference to food is natural, in the heat of the need for food decreases. If your dog is already an adult, you can limit it to one meal a day.

- To freshen a dog, arrange him swimming. This is best done using a cool, but not ice water. Do not soak completely pet, enough to moisten feet, breasts and stomach. At the head of the dog cool water, place soaked cloth.

- Contrary to popular belief, long hair dog is reliable protection from the summer heat. Do not touch the hair hairy pets because cats Dogs in heat affected much stronger.

- In no case do not leave the pet in the car, even if the windows are open, and you went long. In just 20 minutes the temperature in the cabin could jump to 50 degrees. Before leaving the apartment, check if it is sufficiently ventilated. Also forbidden to leave the dog tied up in the heat if you, for example, went to the store.

- Do not put a muzzle on your pet. Muzzle makes it difficult to breath, excess fluid will not evaporate from the body and heat stroke will not take long.

- Includes fan and air conditioning can cause colds, both human and dog use these items sparingly cooling.

- Particular attention should be given to dogs older animals with overweight, pregnant and sick. In the area of ​​high risk are the same species of flattened, like pugs, dogs snout and black color.

How do you know that your dog is overheated in the sun

1. The dog does not respond to stimuli, or reaction is, but slow.

2. Shaky, uncertain gait.

3. Very frequent and shallow breathing, shortness of breath.

4. Weak pulse and heart palpitations.

5. Increased body temperature (40 degrees or more).

6. Redness of the mucous membranes of the eyes and gums.

7. If a strong overheating possible loss of consciousness may begin vomiting and diarrhea.

Symptoms may appear a few hours after the dog went in the sun. These features are typical for certain diseases. Before you diagnose a dog in heat stroke, you must be sure that the animal could really overheat. Be careful if  symptoms  appeared in your four-legged, immediately give him first aid and contact your veterinarian.

If you suspect that the dog is overheated, as soon as possible, place it in a cool, well-ventilated place. The first step is to reduce the animal's body temperature to normal (39 degrees). Slowly dog to drink cold water, attach to the body and the head cold wet cloth. You can put ice on his neck, in the groin area for axillary hollows. It is important not cool the beast. Even if you think that the animal recovered from heat stroke, be sure to show it to the doctor.

05.06.2014