Heat stroke and sunstroke are not only dangerous for people. In terms of heat regulation, dogs are unfortunately at a disadvantage to humans - they cool the body mainly by panting, which is not as effective as human sweating. This is the reason why the four-legged friends are much more sensitive to high temperatures and sunlight.
Dog sunstroke: recognize the symptoms
A dog's sunstroke is a result of too much direct sunlight on the head: This leads to heat build-up in the brain, which can be life-threatening. The sunstroke first manifests itself in fast, shallow breathing and an accelerated pulse of the animal. In addition, there are often disturbances in balance, which you can recognize by a tumbling, insecure gait of your dog. Cramps are also not uncommon. Dogs often suffer from headaches and neck pain when sunstroke. In addition, unconsciousness can occur.
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First relief measures: shade and fluid
If you recognize a sunstroke in your dog, you should act immediately. Cooling is one of the first emergency measures. Bring your cold nose in the shade and give it water. Ideally, cool your loved one up from the paws with wet towels and place a cool towel over the patient's head. Important: Avoid abrupt cooling and do not pour cold water over the dog's body - the immediate temperature difference can strain the circulation too much. To make sure your furry companion is really doing better, you should also see a veterinarian.
So that your dog does not even get a sunstroke in the summer, you should always make sure that your animal companion is sufficiently in the shade. In addition, dogs as well as humans must drink sufficient fluids. It is always best to have a bowl of fresh water within reach of your four-legged friend. The dog does not have to be thirsty even on the go: many cafés and restaurants offer a small dog drink, some like to put a water bowl on the animal guest on request.