With the summer just around the corner, we should all know that if it’s too hot for you to be outside than it’s definitely too hot for your dog. Unfortunately, not all dog owners are aware of the dangers of high temperatures, resulting in so many tragic events every year.
According to PETA, only last year 58 animals passed away due to heat stroke or because they have been left in a hot car, all over the country.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has shared a touching story to spread awareness, so that other dogs don’t suffer the same fate.
It all started when the RSPCA got a phone call about a dog that tragically died from heatstroke. The dog despite being otherwise healthy. According to the organization, one family had taken their dog out for a routine walk, just like any other day. Unfortunately, the day ended in tragedy.
“This morning we have been informed that yesterday a local dog died of heat stroke after being taken on a walk at 9am when the temperature was 21 degrees (70 Fahrenheit degrees ). The dog was 5 years old and otherwise fit and healthy.
Despite lots of warnings about the heat we still see dogs being walked to the shops, on the school run, or as soon as owners get in from work, ” RSPCA wrote in a Facebook post.
Further in the post, the organization insists we should not ignore the warnings. “ We do understand the crucial nature of walking your dog, however please bear in mind that walking in high temperatures can cause serious and irreversible damage, and in some cases death,” they wrote.
This message is crucial and all dog owners should know they canine friends are having a hard time handling high heat and humidity. And even if your puppy might look in a perfectly health condition, he is just as much at risk for heatstroke as an elderly dog.
During hot summer days, always watch out for warning signals like this:
- Heavy panting
- Excessive thirst
- Glazed eyes
- Vomiting and bloody diarrhea
- Bright or dark red tongue, gums
- Elevated body temperature (104ºF and up)
- Weakness, collapse
- Increased pulse and heartbeat
- Excessive drooling
In case you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, make sure you act immediately. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- The first thing you should do is to move your dog to a cooler area. Try to get them cooled down quickly.
- Try to offer your dog small amounts of water to drink, not a large volume of water. That might cause your pet to vomit and you don’t want that to happen.
- Take your dog’s temperature if possible.
- When your dog seems more comfortable. call your veterinarian for next steps.
- The doctor may want to evaluate your dog even if he seems fully recovered.