All dog owners must know the signs before it is too late.
The RSPCA received a call about a dog that had d.i.e.d from heat stroke, despite being otherwise healthy. Its owners did not heed the warnings given by news outlets and animal rescues about the high temperatures for the week.
A family had taken their dog out for a walk just like any other day — except it wasn’t just like any other day. Sadly, the day ended in tragedy.
In Farenheit, that is only about 70 degrees — which is not that hot! The temperatures that week had been at record highs, however, and pet owners had been advised repeatedly to not go for walks unless necessary.
“The dog was 5 years old and otherwise fit and healthy,” the post continued.
“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. 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 d.e.a.t.h.”
Dogs of all ages and conditions need owners to keep this in mind. A perfectly healthy puppy is just as much at risk for heat stroke as an elderly dog.
There is no dog that is “used to the heat” or “enjoys the heat” enough that these precautions can be ignored.
All pet owners need to now the signs of heat stroke, before it’s too late. Be on the lookout for warning signs like constant panting, an unsteady gait, sticky gums, and a dark tongue.
Signs of Heatstroke Include:
- Excessive panting
- Staggering while walking
- High body temperature
- Tongue that is dark or bright red
- Sticky or dry gums
- Bloody diarrhea or stool
“Yesterday the high for the day was at 4pm but this is when most of the dogs we spotted were out and about. It does not matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed or ‘used to the heat’. Please be mindful of their needs,” the RSPCA post stated.
If you see any of these signs, contact your local vet immediately. Get your dog to a shaded, cool space and offer them water. Try to get them cooled down quickly.
Please share this warning with other pet owners who may not be taking the proper precautions. A simple text message or post on social media could potentially save an animal’s life.
Watch the video to learn more about heat stroke, and also get some tips on what to do if your pet ends up collapsing.
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