Ahhh, summer is here. The weather is beautiful and you are excited to enjoy every minute outside with your dog. To help you and your dog get the most out of summer, we have devised some tips to ensure your dog’s health and safety.
HOT SPOTS: Also known as moist dermatitis. This can occur anywhere on the body and often appears as a moist, oozing, reddened area of the skin which is painful to the touch. This can be caused by your dog swimming and not thoroughly drying off. If left untreated, it can cause a secondary skin infection which spreads very quickly.
HOT SURFACES SUCH AS PAVEMENT: To see if it’s too hot for your dog, touch the pavement for 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, then it’s too hot for your dog. Did you know that if the air temperature is 25C, the asphalt temperature is 52C? That is hot enough to burn your dog’s paw pads. Signs that your dog may have burnt pads are: blistering, limping, refusal to walk, pieces of pad missing, red or pink pads and licking or chewing at the pads. Please seek veterinary care immediately if you are concerned that this has occurred.
HOT CARS: Did you know that if the air temperature outside is 21C, the temperature inside the car after 10 minutes can reach 32C and after 30 minutes it can reach a deadly 40C? This is much too hot for your dog, and can cause heat stroke or even death. Even if the windows are open and you are parked in the shade, the temperature inside the car will increase dramatically.
HEATSTROKE OR HYPERTHERMIA: This occurs when the body is over heated and normal cooling mechanisms are not effective. Some signs of heatstroke include: excessive panting, drooling, listlessness, glazed eyes, red or pale gums, red tongue and thick sticky saliva. If your dog is experiencing heatstroke, remove him from the source of heat, place a cool damp towel over his body and seek veterinary care immediately. This is a true emergency and timely treatment can make the difference between life and death.
When the heat is on: Consider leaving your dog at home to enjoy the air conditioning, walk her very early or late in the day when the humidity is reduced, walk on the grass, and thoroughly dry your dog after they have been swimming.
Prevention is the best medicine!!