ROSS – As the dog days of summer approach so does the risk of heat stroke for your puppy.
Ross County Humane Society is reporting that they have lost 2 out of 3 dogs that have been brought in with signs of heat stroke. One of those dogs they lost today they said had a internal heat temperature of 109 degrees, before they could get to a vet it went into a stroke and died.
“Its simply too hot for dogs to be tied out in the sun,” said Ross County Humane Society, “Dogs need adequate shade and PLENTY of cool, fresh water if they must be outside. Dog boxes turn into ovens in this heat, so dogs must be provided with shade and access to ventilated air/breeze.”
Dogs overheat easily and knowing the signs of dogs in distress can save your dog from a untimely death. Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, stumbling, seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Pets should be kept in a place where they can cool off in shade and need plenty of water. Dont walk your dog during the day, walk him/her in the morning or at night. Monitor your dogs outside activities and if you see signs get your dog to a cool place immediately, cool your dog off with some cooler water not ice water as this could possibly send your dog into shock. If you have seen signs of heat stroke in your dog you should still seek out a vet even if your dog seems fine.Internal organs, such as the liver, kidneys and the brain, are all affected by extreme body temperature elevation, so its best to get them checked if you have seen signs.
If you have any questions please reach out to your local dog wardens