German Shepherd Dog Heat Stroke Prevention
Schäferhund Hitzschlag Prävention
German Shepherd Dogs
cool down primarily by panting to release heat; if panting is not
enough to cool the dog, it’s body temperature will continue to
rise, which can result in fatal heat stroke.
The earlier heat
stroke is recognized and action taken, the better the chance of
To keep your pet
safe and healthy during the summer:
Watch out for
heatstroke - Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever,
vomiting and collapse. If you think your dog may have heatstroke, get
the vet ASAP — the condition can cause permanent organ damage
and death. Breeds with shorter noses as well as very young and
senior dogs are especially vulnerable.
Give your dog extra
water - You will need to refill your dog’s water bowl more
often than usual on very hot days.
Offer your dog
several ways to cool off - Leave a fan on in a place where your dog
can sit in front of it, add some ice cubes to his water or offer him
a cool treat. (A Kong that’s stuffed with wet food or peanut
butter, then frozen, is cooling and a great way to keep your dog
NEVER leave your dog
alone inside a car - Even with the windows cracked, the inside of a
car can heat up to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes on a warm day.
And leaving the air conditioning on is no guarantee that your dog
will be safe.
Take your walks in
the morning or evening - The intense heat of midday can overwhelm
your dog during a walk. Exercise your dog during the cooler hours
and, if your dog is in the sun for an extended period of time, apply
your dog alone outside for more than a few minutes - Even in the
shade, a dog exposed to extreme heat and humidity is at risk for
Avoid hot sidewalks
- Your dog’s paws can easily become burned on hot surfaces,
including pavement, blacktop and sand.
Brush your dog
regularly - A clean, untangled coat can help ward off summer skin
problems and help your dog stay cool.
Be alert for coolant
leaking from your vehicle - Dogs are attracted to the sweet taste of
coolant, and just a small amount can make your dog sick — or
even cause death. If you believe your dog may have ingested coolant,
take him to the vet right away.