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A Dog’s Life!

Getting a dog is an important decision and there are many things to be taken into consideration, when you decide to get a new pet.  Initially, it needs to be considered whether it is the right time for you to get a dog.  What kind of dog would be best for you?  How will the rest of the family welcome your new family member?   How about rescue dogs?   What breed would be best for you?

Dog ownership brings many benefits and joys, like encouraging exercise and improving your social life!

The Kennel Club is a society dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs of all kinds.  They have a wealth of information to help you make the right choices about your dog.

www.thekennelclub.org.uk

Are You Ready for a Dog?

Caring forYour Dog

Children and Dogs

Keeping Dogs Cool

We have had many hot days this summer, so here are some easy steps to prevent a dog from overheating:

  • Do not take them out during the day (other than briefly)
  • Keep them in a cool room, with a cool floor and keep the curtain drawn to keep out the sunlight.
  • An electric fan will help the air to circulate and keep cold water available at all times. Dropping ice cubes into the water is helpful.
  • If they go outside, supervise them at all times, and do not let them lie in the sun for long. If they are light coloured or white, put sun block on their ears. Do not leave outside for long.
  • DO NOT WALK THEM IN THE HEAT – not under any circumstances, Remember roads and pavements stay hot long after the sun has gone in, so beware even in the late evening.
  • NEVER leave your dog in a car on a warm day.

HEATSTROKE IN DOGS

Dogs eliminate heat through panting; however if the temperature of the environment is too hot and humid then panting becomes ineffective.

Normal body temperature is around 38.5C/101.4F. In cases of heat-stroke a dog’s body temperature can rise in excess of 41.6C/107F. Increased muscular effort displayed during excessive panting can also cause a rise in body temperature.

Signs of heat-stroke:

·        Panting excessively

·        Anxious behaviour

·        Very red gums turning blue in extreme circumstances

·        Salivating

·        Very rapid heart rate

·        In cases of severe heat-stroke – collapse, convulsions, shock

What to do if your dog is suffering with heat-stroke:

·        Seek veterinary attention immediately as it can be difficult to be sure how serious the situation is and urgent treatment may be needed.

·        Remove the dog from the hot environment

·        Reduce body temperature immediately

·        Immerse the dog in tepid water, cooling gradually, using either a shower spray or similar.  Then douse the dog in cool water, particularly the head and neck – avoid using ice-cold water; or cover your dog with wet sheets.  Use a fan to increase air flow over the dog as this aids cooling.

·        Allow the dog to drink as much water as he wants in small quantities at a time (if possible add a pinch of salt to the water)

·        Continue to douse the dog in cold water until his breathing starts to settle

·        Seek veterinary attention as soon as is safe to do so

Please note

·        If using a fan to cool your dog be careful of electric wires.

·        Do not throw cold water over your dog!

If a dog’s temperature is not reduced immediately, heat-stroke can be fatal.