Planning on camping with a dogs this coming summer?
Excited to go on their first hiking or backpacking trip? Well prepared as you know from before post, camping with dogs can be lots of fun especially if you are well equipped and properly prepared.
As you know from the preceding post, dogs have a complex nervous system, which includes the brachycephalic (or “warm-headed”) zone of the brain and the hypochondriasis (or “cold-headed”) zone of the brain.
The dogs’ brachycephalic (warm-headed) zone is activated during periods of extreme physical activity, and the dogs’ hypochondriasis (or cold-headed) zone is activated during periods of extreme emotional stress. It’s simple, the dogs’ brains are designed to respond to extreme temperature changes.
In addition, the dog’s body temperature will rise during physical exercise. The rise in body temperature will cause excessive sweating which is referred to as heat loss. This will make it hard for the dog to cool down, and if not cooled down quickly will result in heatstroke in dogs.
Heatstroke in dogs could result in vomit and brain damage.
It is important to maintain a proper cool temperature and to control heat loss. This can be accomplished by placing your dog in a cool environment with proper ventilation. A good example of a conditioning collar is the muzzles or head wraps that come vests. These muzzles work by creating an enclosed environment that helps dogs cool down in hot temperatures by redirecting the airflow away from them.
Heat exhaustion in dogs is very dangerous. This is because dogs cannot cool down on their own, and they need our help. The best way to cool down your dogs rapidly is to give them lots of extra fresh air and to keep them away from hot surfaces. One way to control your dog overheating is to use a water-proof cooling vest.
Most dogs pant during the summertime. They do this because it has been discovered that dogs are able to better regulate their body temperature by panting. When dogs pant, the digestive system works to eliminate waste products from the body more rapidly. The intestines and kidneys continue to work more efficiently because there is a reduced amount of pressure in the intestines. Therefore, the body temperature of your dog will stay more constant than it would if the owner were to constantly put the dog in cold water or let the dog sit in a hot car.
However, dogs can overheat more easily than us. During the cooler months, dogs pant less because they do not need to cool down as much. During the summer months, however, dogs begin to sweat profusely due to the increased activity level. Their bodies will not be able to cool down as fast, and therefore they will experience a rise in body temperature. This sudden increase in temperature could cause heatstroke in dogs.
When your dog experiences extreme heat, you will notice that he will experience a fall in body temperature accompanied by elevated heart rate and vomiting. This is a clear indication of a problem. If your dog begins panting during the day, and if it gets worse when you try to feed him, then he probably is experiencing heatstroke. The vet should check the heart rate, but you can usually notice a change in the rectal temperature and the temperature of the litter box by observing him for a few days.
Other signs that you may cause heatstroke include a change in personality. Dogs tend to get depressed when they are suffering from illness or if they are exposed to a major change in their environment. Some dogs will just whimper about feeling sick, while others will whine and cry inconsolably. It is often hard to tell which emotion is which.
Many dogs will not show any obvious signs of distress, but you can normally notice signs if your dog is not getting enough fluids. He may begin panting heavily, drinking more fluid, urinating frequently, and may also lick his genitals. Your dog may also have a discharge that looks like cottage cheese. He may also seem very drowsy.
If you suspect your dog has experienced heatstroke and is experiencing neurological problems due to it, contact your vet immediately. The sooner that you treat the issue, the better. Heatstroke in dogs is usually not life-threatening, but it can be fatal in extremely young dogs and older dogs. Although dogs cannot tell you if they are suffering from dehydration, you can generally gauge their symptoms by observing them. A little bit of observation will help you determine whether or not your dog needs to be taken to the vet.
What can you do?
Keep your dog indoors in extreme weather conditions.
Provide a shade on your patio if you have to leave them home.
Provide them with a freshwater source like a pet fountain for them to get fresh and cooled water from the pipe instead of heated water from a metal bowl. Please remember that water also evaporates, and the water reserved in the bowl will evaporate as well.
If your dog suffers from heatstroke and is panting a lot, have a cool pad for them to rest over. These gel pads can be cooled down in the fridge and put in their beds for them to cool down faster.
Playtime? Open the hose and have a pet Sprinkler for them to have some fun and lower their temperature!