As the internet generates all sorts of tips and advices that may or may not be true in case of overheating, we have decided to give you practical recommendations that are effective.
It is best of course to avoid overheating.
During the hot days, walk the dog only for a short time especially in the morning and in the evening. Reduce his physical activity - do not let him play with other dogs, for example. Be especially careful if you own a short-nose breed (bulldog, boxer, Staffordshire bull terrier ...) or a dog with a thick coat. Make sure the dog has plenty of drinking water all day long and give him access to bathing. The dog can be cooled by water, but not by ice! On hot days never leave the dog closed in the car!
Symptoms that the dog is already overheated are as follows:
- the dog is malady, apathetic, rejects movement, breathes rapidly
- vomiting, redness of mucous membranes, general collapse
- rectal temperature above 39 degrees Celsius
If you notice these symptoms, immediately hurry to the vet!
As a first aid, we recommend EFFECTIVE COOLING - transfer to a cold place, wet the dog with cool water (not icy water!), turn on the ventilator, wet him again..
NEVER PUT THE DOG STRAIGH TO ICY WATER! CHANGE OF TEMPERATURE MUST BE PROCEDURAL!