The dog days of summer have arrived and the Nebraska Humane Society wants to make sure that pet owners are watching out for their animals during this heat wave. Spokesperson Pam Wiese says they treated their first case of heat stroke for the season in a female black lab that had gotten away from her owner.
Wiese says the dog had been running from traffic and was stressed. She came into the shelter with a temperature of 107-degrees. They were able to provide treatment and she will be fine and is home with her owners. Wiese says that shows how quickly that can happen. In about ten minutes a dog can go down and they don’t always pull back. Better yet, leave your dog at home on very hot days.
The Nebraska Humane Society recommends limiting exercise and have your dog take rest breaks and drink water. If you like to take your dog to summer festivals, hot asphalt and concrete can blister paws. Wiese says if they start dancing around make sure you move him to grass or dirt to get relief. She says dogs with pink skin and white hair can sunburn so it is a good idea to check with your vet about what sunscreen to use. It can be very effective and prevent bad sunburn.
Wiese says there are signs to watch for regarding heat stroke. In both dogs and cats that can include panting for more than a few minutes, pacing increased heart rate, respiratory distress and lethargy. Get him into air conditioning and apply cool, wet towels and call your vet. The dog may need some internal help to get that body temperature down and avoid organ problems and brain damage.