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  • Dr. Frans Pretorius BVSc

Heatwave Safety Tips

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Cool dog

It's summer and the heat is on :)

Here are some important warm weather safety tips to keep those hot-dogs cool:

  • Get your friend a splash pool to cool down in

  • Ensure there is adequate shade or shelter to get out of the sun

  • Don’t take him for a walk during the heat of the day

  • Provide him with lots of drinking water & ice cubes

  • Never ever leave your pet in a car

  • Avoid hot surfaces

  • Use flea & tick prevention

Know the signs of heat-stress and get to your vet as soon as possible.

Heat-stress can be deadly if not acted on quickly.

Signs may include the following or have the following causes

  • Panting

  • Dehydration

  • Excessive drooling (ptyalism)

  • Increased body temperature - above 39.5° C

  • Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body

  • Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine

  • Sudden (acute) kidney failure

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Irregular heart beats

  • Shock

  • Stoppage of the heart and breathing (cardiopulmonary arrest)

  • Fluid build-up in the lungs; sudden breathing distress (tachypnea)

  • Blood-clotting disorder(s)

  • Vomiting blood (hematemesis)

  • Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool

  • Black, tarry stools

  • Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding

  • Generalized (systemic) inflammatory response syndrome

  • Disease characterized by the breakdown of red-muscle tissue

  • Death of liver cells

  • Changes in mental status

  • Seizures

  • Muscle tremors

  • Wobbly, incoordinated or drunken gait or movement (ataxia)

  • Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened

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