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Senior Dogs and Heat Stroke

Kellie Rainwater

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Another problem that geriatric dogs (along with puppies and overweight dogs) are more prone is heat stress. Pugs and Bulldogs are most likely to have heat stress issues because their noses are short and they already have trouble breathing and with panting. Also, dogs that have respiratory and heart disease may be more prone to heat stress.

Heat stress prevention measures are common sense and they are to never leave your dog in a hot car or any other hot closed place. If you have a kennel it should be well ventilated during summer heat. Always put Rover in a shady area outside during the summertime. In the summer season, don't exercise Rover too much. Always have fresh water for Rover when it's hot outside.

If Rover does get heat stroke, treat him and then take him to his vet because his vet should treat him for heat cramps and exhaustion . You need to treat him first because he could die or have brain damage occur if his body heat isn't quickly reduced. If his body heat reaches 106 degrees Fahrenheit he can sustain nerve damage within a few minutes and if the humidity is up and could happen more quickly.

Do these things to cool him down.

Slowly put in a container of cold water or spray him with a hose
Put ice packs on his head and neck
Put him in the shade if you are out in the woods and cool off his inner thighs and inside ear flaps using cold water

Kellie Rainwater is an avid dog lover. She has written several dog books. You can find her books and senior dog products that promote healthier, happier dogs in their golden years by visiting


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