Amy Fiala, founder of Game Time Dog Services shared some tips to keep pets safe in the seeminly-unending Texas summer heat.
This summer’s heat has been on full blast. What are some indicators to look for that your pup might be overheating?
- Excessive Panting.
- Excessive Drooling/Foaming at the Mouth.
- Fast and Irregular Heartbeat.
- Rapid Breathing.
- Lethargic Behavior.
You say that some types of dogs are more susceptible to overheating than others. What types of dogs are more at-risk?
- Brachycephalic breeds – dogs with short snouts. Popular brachycephalic breeds include English and French Bulldogs, Bull Mastiffs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Pugs, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, and Pekingese.
- Dogs that have had a previous episode of heat stroke.
- Dogs with a lack of appropriate shelter.
- Dogs with dark-colored and/or double-layered coats such as Labradors, Huskies, Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers.
- Senior dogs.
- Overweight dogs.
If you notice your dog is overheating, what can you do before you get them to the vet?
- Immediately take your dog to a cooler area.
- Wet your pet with water-soaked towels on the abdomen, chest, feet, face, and neck – in that order. The abdomen and chest are the most efficient and closer to vital organs. Do not use cold water – rapid cooling can be dangerous. If you can’t get home – spray with a water hose.
- Lightly place Isopropyl alcohol (70%) on the dog’s foot pads – don’t use large quantities.
- Place your pet in front of a fan. You are recreating the cooling effect of sweat.
- Take the temperature of your dog – at 103 degrees (F) stop wetting and fanning them.
- As your pet continues to cool give them cool (not ice cold) water to drink.
How do we do our best to keep these things from happening in the first place?
- Never leave your dog inside a parked car.
- Keep them inside with AC during the hot part of the day.
- Make sure their area is well ventilated.
- Ensure there are shady places in their outside area.
- Make sure they have enough water.
- Have a cooling dog mat or elevated mesh dog bed.
Game Time Dog Services is expanding to Westlake, and Amy is interested in talking to motivated dog lovers who would like a job! Game Time Dog Services also offers pet sitting, aerobic games, pet taxis and more. Find out more about ways to treat your pet at GameTimeDogServices.com.