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Updated January 8th, 2024 at 16:45 IST

Heat rash in dogs - Signs, treatment and prevention to keep your furry friends happy

Recognising the signs of heat rash in dogs, applying appropriate treatments, and implementing preventive measures are vital for ensuring your dog's health.

Heat rash in dogs
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Dogs are our loyal companions and it is important to keep them safe, protect them, and love them to give back the unconditional affection that they shower us with. As temperatures rise, our furry companions become susceptible to heat-related issues, including heat rash. Understanding the signs, treatments, and prevention measures is crucial to ensuring the well-being of your canine friend during this uncomfortable time.

Signs of heat rash in dogs

Heat rash, or canine pyoderma, is characterised by red, inflamed skin and small, pimple-like bumps. Common areas affected include the belly, groin, armpits, and areas with skin folds. Dogs with thick coats or wrinkles are particularly prone to developing heat rash.

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Treatment

  • If you notice signs of heat rash, immediate cooling measures are essential. Provide a shaded and well-ventilated area for your dog to rest, and avoid outdoor activities during peak heat hours.
  • Clean the affected area with a mild, pet-friendly shampoo and lukewarm water. Avoid using harsh soaps or hot water, as this can exacerbate the condition.
  • Moisture can worsen heat rash, so ensure the affected area stays dry. Pat the area gently with a clean towel after cleaning.
  • If the rash persists or worsens, consult your veterinarian. They may recommend medicated ointments or antibiotics to address any secondary infections.

Prevention

  • Regular grooming is crucial, especially for breeds with thick coats or skin folds. This helps to reduce the risk of heat rash by maintaining a clean and well-ventilated coat.
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  • Limit outdoor activities during peak heat hours, typically in the afternoon. Opt for walks in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Ensure your dog has access to fresh water at all times. Hydration is essential in preventing heat-related issues.
  • Invest in cooling accessories like cooling vests, mats, or bandanas to help regulate your dog's body temperature.
  • Provide shaded areas and ensure proper ventilation in your dog's living spaces. Avoid leaving them in hot, confined spaces like cars.
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Published January 8th, 2024 at 15:07 IST

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