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Yorkie Central, Issue #035
April 06, 2009

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Issue : 35

April 2009

This month marks 39th month online.

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In this issue you will find:

  • Which Dogs are at Higher Risk of Heat Stroke?
  • Loss of a dog - readers story

I have just returned home (Gibraltar) for a couple of weeks and have been suffering with the heat :) Not really suffering, I am actually enjoying it loads, however I hadn't realised it would be this hot already.

The heat and extremely hot temperatures of the summer is something you must take care of with your dog and realise that heat stroke is very serious.

I came across a great article which I have included below.

Which Dogs are at Higher Risk of Heat Stroke?

All dogs are more susceptible to heat stroke that humans are but some are more at risk than others. Here in Spain temperatures can hit the high 30s. Do you check your dog when it’s hot?

Dogs with dark or thick coats, are at greater risk as light colours reflect heat and dark colours absorb heat. Black Labs, Rottweilers, and Dobermans will have a harder time dissipating heat than light coated dogs.

Dogs with Respiratory diseases – for example, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, lung congestion or pulmonary disease will be at greater risk of heat stroke.

Over-exerted dogs – those who are not accustomed to warm weather need time to adjust. Heat stroke doesn’t always occur in extreme temperatures. Some dogs can have a heat stroke in an air conditioned room if they become over-excited and active. Do not work or exercise your dog on hot days or in the heat of the day and don’t relay on the dog to know when enough is enough.

Sick dogs, older dogs or puppies under 6 months.

Dogs with fever – when temperatures reach 41°C and above, the dog is in danger of heat stroke.

Dogs on certain medications – dogs on meds such as e.g. diuretics are more susceptible to heat stroke.

Dehydrated dogs – dogs unable to reach water can become dehydrated quickly on hot days.

Dogs with heart disease and poor circulation – those whose circulatory system is not working well will not dissipate heat efficiently.

Overweight dogs – they tend to hold heat.

Muzzled dogs – when a dog wears a muzzle it may not be able to breathe as easily and may pant more, which increases their risk of heat stroke.

Avoid Heat Stroke

  • Allow acclimation to exercise on hot days
  • Make sure there is access water
  • Access to air-conditioned areas
  • Etc

Recognise Symptoms

  • Heavy Panting
  • Glazed Eyes
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Unsteadiness
  • Red or purple tongue

Please take care in the summer months and any of these or any other signs that your dog is not well please monitor and control (with water, ice packs, fans etc) before rushing to the vet immediately.

When dogs suffer from heat stroke they can develop delayed complications that are serious and could lead to death.


Loss of a Dog

We have recently opened up a new page for our readers to write in and share their stories about the loss of their pets. Here is the first submission we have had...

when you love something, you become open to grief ... I had a very very special dog, I had him for thirteen years, which is a long life in dog years.

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