It’s warming up again — time to think about your Morkie and potential heat stroke.
Dogs can’t sweat like us – they dissipate a little bit of heat through the pads on their feet (hence “Frito Feet” – stinky dog paws). And they pant, which doesn’t even work that well to cool them off. Those are the only 2 ways they have to naturally cool down.
One small mistake – like leaving your small dog in the car “for just a minute” can spell heat stroke and even death.
Signs of heatstroke
- Your Morkie is panting a LOT – far more than usual.
- A bright red tongue.
- Thick, sticky salvia.
- Depression, confusion, unsteady on legs.
- Vomiting and diarrhea.
If your Morkie has any of these symptoms, please – act quickly!
- You need to lower his body temperature, carefully, so run a cool (not cold) bath or sink of water and ease your dog into it.
- Be sure the head and neck get cooling water.
- Give your Morkie plenty of cold water. A little salt in it will help restore his natural balance of minerals.
- Use a small package of frozen veggies as an ice pack for his head and neck area.
- Don’t force any water into your dog’s mouth, and take care he doesn’t choke in the tub or sink.
An ounce of prevention
Never leave your dog in the car in mild or warm weather. And certainly not in hot weather!
Don’t think parking in the shade helps – your car’s interior is like an oven. That’s why this ad was created last year. In fact, ‘temperatures can climb from 78 degrees to 100 degrees in just three minutes, to 125 degrees in 6-8 minutes’ according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If your Morkie is outside, be sure he has plenty of shade and water.
If you’re travelling with your dog in the car and it’s warm, keep him secured in an open, wire-cage type of container, not a closed-in dog carrier.
Dogs don’t always know when to take it easy, so if it’s hot out, restrict his running around outside.
Avoid sand, concrete and asphalt – it can get volcanic-hot on tiny paws.
Finally, don’t hesitate to call the Vet if you think your Morkie has become over-heated. There are some serious, long lasting effects of heat stroke that only a medical professional can diagnose.
In the meantime – keep cool!
Please note: this article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible.