Health-related issues for dogs in the heat
As summer comes and the temperature rises, you need to be careful around your dogs as they cannot withstand high temperatures, and they get sick.
The normal body temperature for a dog is 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celsius). When the ambient temperature rises, it can be a problem for your dog to maintain body temperature and lead to heat sickness.
If you are wondering what types of health problems your dog may face if the temperature is high and how you can recognize them, then you are in the right place. Here we discuss the problem related to the health of dogs in the heat.
As you know, water is an essential nutrient for dogs. In hot weather, the dog tries to maintain its body temperature by panting, and this leads to water loss and eventually dehydration.
Not only will your dog lose water, but the depletion of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and chloride will also occur. You should always provide your dog with plenty of cold water. Whenever you go on a trip or hike, keep the ice cold or cool water and offer it periodically.
You can recognize dehydration by noticing the following signs in your dog, such as:
- Dry mouth, gums, and nose
- Poor skin elasticity
- Sunken eyes
If dehydration is not treated, it can lead to organ failure and eventually death in dogs.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke
When the dog's body temperature rises more than 103 ° F, it can result in heat exhaustion. If the temperature continues to rise up to 106 ° F, your dog will be in a heatstroke danger zone.
You should always look for warning signs of overheating to protect your dog's precious life. Warning signs are:
- Excessive panting
- Reddened gums
- Difficulty breathing
- Uncoordinated movement
- Collapse and death
You should first prevent overheating in dogs by taking precautionary measures. Still, if you notice these signs, immediately cool your dog off by taking him to a cool place, offering him cool water, and you can even get your dog wet to lower the temperature. Take your dog to the vet immediately for proper treatment.
Skin fold pyoderma
Do you know? Dogs don't sweat all over their bodies as we do; they only sweat through their paws, so the chances of getting a heat rash are minimal.
Some dogs have skin folds where moisture can trap and provide an ideal condition for bacteria. Skinfold infection is known as skin fold pyoderma. It is more common in summer.
Skin fold pyoderma is a very uncomfortable and itchy condition. It can be prevented by keeping the skinfolds dry, especially after swimming and bathing. This condition can be treated with medicated shampoo and antibiotics recommended by your veterinarian.
Paw Pad Burns
Whenever you take your beloved pup for a walk, always check the temperature of the ground and pavement, as the hot walking surface can damage his paw pad. If you cannot keep your hand on the ground for 5 seconds, it means that it may cause paw pad burns in dogs.
You can choose a walking surface, such as dirt or grass. You can also buy protective boots for dogs.
If the environmental temperature is high in your area, then you must be vigilant to protect your dog by taking precautionary measures. Always carry a bottle of cold water, especially during trips, walks, hikes, and offer it to your dog periodically.