Heat stroke in dogs can and does happen. Consider your bully dogs health this summer
It’s the start of baseball season, the NCAA Final Four is at completion and the NBA is in full swing. After a brutal winter for a large part of the United States it’s now spring! Pollen covers everything and the temperatures are beginning to warm up where those in shape can wear less and less. But, heat stroke in dogs, can and does happen.
Weekends now consist of more time outside and longer days are on their way. Baby birds, squirrels and rabbits are being found in backyards, new life is abound. What does that mean for our 4 legged family members? Well in the case of many short muzzled bullies or K9’s, it means death or heatstroke in dogs.
Dogs are found dead in crates inside of basements. Outside in uncovered kennels, and in cars that serve as hot boxes in the early months of spring. The main issue is that owners do not realize how high 70 and low 80 degree temperatures can effect bully breeds. 80 degrees in a car, can quickly rise over triple digits in front of your favorite grocery store killing a dog relatively quickly.
The crate beside the window being doused with warm sun rays can also quickly rise over a comfortable condition for a bully. The house thermometer may be at 70 degrees, but that particular spot where your bully is crated, can rise much higher. Couple in the anxiety of being trapped in the heat and a panicked pet can pass away rather quickly.
The outside kennel dog is also at risk of the suddenly rising temperatures as the owner may still be treating the temperatures as a late winter as opposed to the onset of an early summer. All of these examples happen every spring and the lack of preparation is what leads to many bullies death during the season.
Often individuals focus only on dogs with a long coat as at risk for heat stroke in dogs. The truth is a greater concern should be the closed nares and short soft palettes found in most bulldog breeds. Pinched nares are easily discernible. Look at your dogs nostrils, they should be open circles, think of a gorillas nostrils, round and large.
A lot of bulldog breeds have pinched nares, where instead of being round and open, they are merely slits. This gives the appearance of being pinched. This of course can cause an excessive panting k9. Couple this with a short, soft palette and you have a pet that can barely breathe to live, much less use the ability to pant to cool itself down. These dogs will often be found breathing heavily even in moderately warm temperatures, which can also cause heat stroke in dogs.
Treatment for heat stroke
The last issue we will discuss is hurting by helping. This occurs when a dog that is over heating is found during the actual act. The owner panics and puts the dog in a cold water tub, or douses the dog with cold water immediately! This causes the dog to go into shock and can often result in death.
The correct way would be to gradually cool the dog down. There are several sites online that will help with cooling your dog down in the event it has issues with the heat. We encourage our readers to always carry rags, water and rubbing alcohol during the spring and summer months as precautions.