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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 1:15 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 1:15 AM (IST)

Extreme heat cause of worry for pets: Expert

Says chances of heat stroke, dehydration multiply during summer as dogs do not sweat

Tips for dog owners

  • Never leave your dog alone in a car as temperature rises suddenly.
  • Avoid vigorous exercising of dog on warm days.
  • When outside for a walk with your dog, opt for a shady area.
  • Keep fresh and cold water at a shady place.
  • A kiddie pool can cool your dog.

Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 13

Finding relief from scorching heat during summer is not just pivotal for human beings but also for animals. Therefore, emphasis must be laid to protect pet animals in particular dog from heat stroke.

Dr Kirti Dua, In-charge Wildlife Centre of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) said most common warm weather hazards are heat stroke and dehydration.

Dr Dua said, “A dog exercising on a hot and humid day can suffer dehydration. Major reason behind dogs feeling sick during summer is that owners leave their pets in their car. Even if weather is not extreme, inside of a car acts like an oven as temperature can rise to dangerous levels within a few minutes.”

“Dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. When a dog is exposed to high temperatures, heat stroke or exhaustion is possible. Humans are able to release cool themselves down through sweat but it is not the case with dogs,” Dr Dua added.

She further said a dog inhales through nose and exhales through mouth, directing the air over mucous membranes of the tongue, throat and trachea to facilitate cooling by evaporation of fluid. The dog dissipates heat by dilation of blood vessels in surface of the skin at face, ears and feet.

“If temperature of a dog rises to 105 or 106 degrees, there is a risk of heat stroke which damages cellular system and various other organs,” she said.

Dr Dua said, “Once the signs of heat stroke are detected, owner must rush their dogs to a vetenary doctors. There is very little time to contain serious damage to a pet dog.”

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