How To Avoid Dehydration & Overheating in Pets

How To Avoid Dehydration & Overheating in Pets

Josh Lewis

Summer Is Here! So we need to know how quickly hotter, longer days affect our lovable pooches and the effects of heatstroke in dogs or overheating in dogs, especially in a closed car (even when the temperatures are low)!

It Can Happen in An Instant

On an 85 degree day it takes only 10 minutes for the interior of the vehicle to climb to 102 degrees.  In a ½ hour the temperature rises to 120 degrees.  These temperatures cause overheating and heat stroke in a very short time.

Why Do Dogs Pant?

 Dogs pant to release heat, they cannot sweat to take advantage of the evaporative cooling system that sweating provides human beings. If your dog’s body temperature gets to 106 degrees or higher heatstroke may occur.

What are the Consequences of Dehydration & Overheating

An overheated dog can suffer critical damage to his brain, heart, liver and nervous system.  The brain swells, causing seizures, lack of blood supply to the GI tract causes ulcers.  Dehydration leads to irreversible kidney damage.  All these catastrophic events take place within a matter of minutes.  Especially susceptible are brachycephalic breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs or Pekingese.

Other Causes:

  • Exercising strenuously in hot, humid weather.
  • Predisposed heart or lung disease that interferes with efficient breathing.
  • Being confined on concrete or asphalt surfaces, or being confined without shade and freshwater in hot weather or if your dog has a history of heatstroke

Signs Of Dehydration

  • Dryness in Mouth - gums should be wet and glistening, not pale and tacky
  • In advanced dehydration cases, eyes are sunken and your dog will exhibit signs of shock, and may even collapse.

What To Do?

You should call emergency veterinary services immediately if you see any of the advanced symptoms such as collapsing. 

But if not severe, you should begin emergency treatment to cool your dog immediately.

Move your pet out of the source of heat & into an airconditioned room if possible, if not use a fan. If only mild, just inside in the shade will help. And if possible make your pet bedding area a cool oasis by getting them one of our Self Cooling Bed Mats.