Andy and AdreAnne Tesene, owners of the three Two Bostons (TB) locations, pet parents, and animal advocates are well aware that our dogs need our help in order to beat the effects of heat stroke. Dogs cannot simply help themselves to water whenever they need to cool down or are thirsty beyond belief. The only issue is that it is quite difficult for pet parents to realize when their canines need to cool down – even when they are out and about with us on tremendously hot days.
The question the Tesenes and the TB personnel have for pet parents is whether they know exactly what to look for that causes their furry loved ones to overheat? It is so important for pet parents to realize how to prevent heat stroke.
The temperatures in and around Chicagoland are finally reaching the heights to which Chicagoans are accustomed, however, not all Chicagoans ever adjust. When this happens, real danger is posed to four-legged friends; dangers such as heat stroke. That is because this weather is just as comfortable to our dogs as it would be to us if we were to wear our winter coats around right now.
Although the term is tossed around like every day jargon, pet parents still fail to consider heat stroke when they leave their pets in hot cars; thinking that only a few minutes will not make that much of a difference. The only issue is that heat stroke is a term commonly interchanged for hyperthermia. It means that there is an elevated body temperature.
If the dog’s body temperature reaches 103 degrees Fahrenheit or more, then they are considered to have an abnormal body temperature known as hypothermic. If their body temp reaches 106 degrees Fahrenheit and has not had any previous signs of illness, it is most commonly associated with exposure to excessive heat that is often referred to as heat stroke.
Vehicle temperatures outside the car versus inside a vehicle and the time it takes to reach those temperatures include:
Outside Inside Time to Reach
75 100 10 minutes
75 120 30 minutes
85 90 5 minutes
85 100 7-10 minutes
85 120 30 minutes
100 140 15 minutes
Not only can your dog sustain heat stroke if they are confined in a small or enclosed place, like a car, during high temperatures, they can also get heat stroke in a variety of other places. They can even be affected simply by moving from cool places such as from an air conditioned house or automobile to the outside. Playing outside or exercising to the extreme can induce a heat stroke in your beloved furry best friend as well.
Be aware of the following symptoms of heat stroke that your dog may display:
1. Unexplained restlessness
2. Excessive panting
3. Fluctuating panting
4. Excessive drooling
5. Foaming at the mouth
6. Dry or tacky gums
7. Difficulty breathing
8. Agitation, whining and/or anxiety
Dogs need to be cooled as quickly as possible. You also need to make sure you get in charge with your dog’s vet as well; getting your furry best friend an appointment quickly.
Preventing heat stroke is actually quite easy. You need to give your dog plenty of water, ensure that your dog rests in the shade if they will be outside for quite a while. Also, it is very important to limit outside activity such as walks or playing unless it is in the early morning or later evening hours. Then, allow the dog to lay in a cool spot in the house in order to safely get their body temperatures back to norm.
Two Bostons is happy to supply pet parents with this much needed, much wanted knowledge. Please adhere in order to keep your best friend safe and sound during the heated months of summer!