Updated April 28th, 2024 at 20:33 IST

Effective Strategies To Treat Dogs With Heat Related Illness

Have a look at the varying ways to keep your canine mate protected from heat-related-illnesses.

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As summer temperatures keep making it extremely difficult to carry on your daily tasks, the risk of heat-related illness (HRI) in dogs significantly increases. Recognizing the signs of distress, such as excessive panting and an extended tongue, is crucial for pet owners to prevent and treat this potentially dangerous condition.

Rapid cooling measures are essential when treating a dog with HRI. Research from PubMed underscores the importance of quickly lowering a dog's core body temperature to mitigate the effects of HRI, thereby preventing organ damage and improving recovery outcomes.

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Ways to protect your canine friends from the perils of heat-related illnesses

Immediate cooling: Move your dog to a cooler environment promptly. Whether it’s finding shade outdoors or an air-conditioned room inside, reducing heat exposure is critical.

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Hydration: Ensure your dog has access to fresh, cool water. Encouraging small, frequent sips can help replenish fluids and prevent dehydration, one of the most common complications associated with HRI.

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Cooling techniques: Apply wet towels, use fans, or immersing your dog in cool water helps in quickly reduce their body temperature. Studies have shown these methods are effective in alleviating symptoms of heat stress.

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Limit physical activity: During recovery, it’s important to avoid overexertion, and keep exercise gentle and brief to avoid additional heat buildup and that might facilitate healing.

Monitor progress: Keep a close eye on your dog’s recovery process. Watch for signs of improvement or any worsening of symptoms and consult your veterinarian if necessary.

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Gradual reintroduction to activity: Once your dog shows signs of recovery, slowly reintroduce them to regular activities to prevent relapse.

Veterinary guidance: Consult your vet for a comprehensive plan tailored to your dog’s specific health needs, especially if they show severe symptoms of HRI.
Understanding and implementing these strategies can help ensure your dog enjoys a safe and active summer without the threat of heat-related health issues.

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Published April 25th, 2024 at 23:12 IST