I’m sure you have heard of people suffering from heatstroke after long marathons, especially during Summer months. The same thing could happen to your canine friends as well. Dogs with thick coat or flat nose (brachycephalic breeds) may find it harder to dissipate heat efficiently. As the weather is getting warmer in Hong Kong, long walks may not be a good idea. Other than shortening walks during hotter days or choosing a cooler time of the day to bring them out, a shorter haircut, providing shade and sufficient water to drink are necessary.
Below are a few signs to look out for:
-Rapid heart rate
-Temperature above 40 degree Celsius
-Change in mentation (dullness)
-Vomiting or diarrhea
If you suspect that your dog is suffering from heatstroke, please visit the nearest vet immediately while keeping him/her cool with air-conditioning and wetting the fur with water.
Instead of keeping them in an air-conditioned room the whole day long for fear of getting heatstroke, you could consider bringing them to the beach for swims in the cool water!
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