Westbury Animal Hospital
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Annie's Shenanigans

The Heat is upon us

Westbury Animal Hospital - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I was at the Westbury spa the other day getting my mani/pedi and anal gland cleaning when I was chatting it up with some of the other ladies having their hair washed. It turns out I am not the only pup on this block who gets really hot foot pads when walking in the parking lot and sidewalks since it has been so hot lately.

Did you know that if it is 95 degrees outside, it can be close to 125 degrees on cement?? My poor pads get a little sore and I prefer to walk on the grass in the shade. Speaking of heat let me tell you a little about heat stroke as this is such a big concern this time of year. There are three main things you need to know:

  1. Brachycephalic breed dogs cannot tolerate heat. Brachycephalic is a big word for short nosed dogs such as Pugs, Bull dogs, Boston terriers, and Frenchies. Their airways cannot sustain them in the heat the way other breeds can. Dogs have to pant to cool their bodies and these dogs just can’t keep up.
  2. Dogs have fur. Their coat can become just as hot has those cement tops on a semi warm day. Even if dogs could sweat like people, their fur coats trap in that moisture and heat to make them even warmer.
  3. Never leave your dog in a car. Car temperatures in this Houston heat can soar within a matter of MINUTES.

Just keep in mind that you need to provide shade, limit exposure outdoors when it is hot, and always provide water.

The following are some common signs of heat stress:

1. Excessive panting

2. Drooling

3. Restlessness or pacing

4. Vomiting/Diarrhea

5. Collapse


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