Dogs eliminate heat through panting; however if the temperature of the environment is too hot and humid then panting becomes ineffective.
Normal body temperature is around 38.5C/101.4F. In cases of heat-stroke a dog’s body temperature can rise in excess of 41.6C/107F. Increased muscular effort displayed during excessive panting can also cause a rise in body temperature.
Signs of heat-stroke:
· Panting excessively
· Anxious behaviour
· Very red gums turning blue in extreme circumstances
· Very rapid heart rate
· In cases of severe heat-stroke – collapse, convulsions, shock
What to do if your dog is suffering with heat-stroke:
· Seek veterinary attention immediately as it can be difficult to be sure how serious the situation is and urgent treatment may be needed.
· Remove the dog from the hot environment
· Reduce body temperature immediately
· Immerse the dog in tepid water, cooling gradually, using either a shower spray or similar. Then douse the dog in cool water, particularly the head and neck – avoid using ice-cold water; or cover your dog with wet sheets. Use a fan to increase air flow over the dog as this aids cooling.
· Allow the dog to drink as much water as he wants in small quantities at a time (if possible add a pinch of salt to the water)
· Continue to douse the dog in cold water until his breathing starts to settle
· Seek veterinary attention as soon as is safe to do so
· If using a fan to cool your dog be careful of electric wires.
· Do not EVER throw cold water over your / any dog!
If a dog’s temperature is not reduced immediately, heat-stroke can be fatal
If you come across a dog in a hot car PLEASE REPORT ASAP ! Find a spray bottle and try to spray dog and also change spray nozzle to you shoot water into dog’s mouth a little at a time Hopefully a car window will have been left open
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Information excerpted from an article by CJPuotinen
Far be it from us to tell you to put pesticides on your dog. But we’ve never heard of a single nontoxic preparation that was effective at keeping ticks off all dogs. For some dogs, only the potent pesticides seem to keep ticks away. There are, however, some nontoxic products – both commercially produced and homemade formulas – that work to repel ticks well enough to consider using them as part of a comprehensive Lyme disease prevention program.
In 1994, botanist Arthur O. Tucker reviewed the scientific literature on herbs that repel mosquitoes, flies, fleas, ticks, and similar pests. He found that opopanax myrrh (Commiphora erythaea), the myrrh of ancient Egypt, has been shown to repel adults of the African brown ear, deer, black-footed, lone star, and American dog tick. Because opopanax myrrh is not widely sold, Tucker speculated that the more readily available common myrrh (C. myrrha) might have similar properties, but herbalists who experiment with live ticks report that of the herbs said to repel them, including myrrh, rosemary, and California laurel, only rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbagopogon martini motia), which has a similar fragrance, and opopanax myrrh truly repel deer and dog ticks.
CJ Puotinen, author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care and Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats, describes an all-purpose repellent that will make pets (and people!) less attractive to ticks and other biting insects. She suggests blending 20 drops of rose geranium, palmarosa, or opopanax myrrh essential oil (or any combination) with three drops citronella essential oil (which repels mosquitoes) and enough vodka, neem tincture, or bay rum aftershave to dissolve the essential oils. Start with two tablespoons alcohol or tincture and add more as needed to make the oils dissolve completely. Do not use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. When there is no longer a thin film of oil on the surface, add one cup water, herbal tea, or aloe vera juice or gel. Apply frequently, avoiding the eyes.
To examine more options on ways to keep ticks off of your dog, purchase and download the ebook Ticks and Canine Lyme Disease from The Whole Dog Journal.
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