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HEAT EXHAUSTION

Heat – A Killer

Heat will kill your dog. If it’s been hot, please use common sense and good judgment when you take your dog out in the heat. Greyhounds, because of their lack of fat and hair, don’t have the insulation other dogs have to the heat. They need to be in a controlled temperature environment of 68 – 72 degrees. The following are some guidelines.

WATER
Water, water, water.

Water – Always have water in the car, and with you on walks.
Ice – Take a thermos full of ice with you
Squirt Bottle – Bring a squirt bottle filled with cold, ice water everywhere you go. Squirt your greyhound often. Squirt your greyhound often. Squirt your greyhound often. Wet his coat, his ears, his legs and belly.

Cool Coats – Using a terry cloth towel, wet it and drape it over your greyhound. You can also use a dog coat pattern and make one for your greyhound. But you must not let this coat get hot, or it traps in the heat, vs cooling the dog down. So it must be dipped in cool water frequently.

Pools – greyhounds love to sit in wading pools. They think they are the epitome of cool splayed out in these kiddie pools, staying cool!

Activities

Walks – the best time is early morning. Street pavements are cooler and so is the air temperature. Do NOT walk your greyhound during the day, or even early evenings. Pavements are very hot, and it’s been a full day of heat.

Keep your greyhound indoors with air conditioning at all times.
No traveling without air conditioning – ever!

Monitor your greyhound’s play at all times during hot weather. They may not know when enough is enough. Put the sprinkler system on when they are playing, this will help to keep them cool.

If they appear hot, hose them down, or apply wet towels around the belly and between the legs.

Be safe, not sorry.

Heat Exhaustion Signs

Excessive panting; Skin on inside of ears becomes flushed and red; Weakness
Walk becomes wobbly; Fainting.

Quick action can save your dog’s life, if you’ve allowed him to reach any of these signs. Get cool water on him – all over him – anyway you can. I take cotton towels, and wet them down, and keep putting them all over the dog. Keep the clothes cool. Do not let them get hot and stay on the body.
Then get to a vet!

Driving
Fact – on an 85-degree day, with windows open, your car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 30 minutes.

If you take your greyhound, then also take an extra set of keys, so you can keep the air conditioner on. Never leave your greyhound in a car in this heat.

From www.greyhoundgang www.greyhoundgang.org

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Six Hot Weather Safety Reminders for Your Pup!

Hot weather is here again! Please take a minute to review these six hot weather safety reminders and stay hot weather safe!

1.  Never leave your dog in a parked car! You can expect your car to heat up to about 100 degrees within 10 minutes when it is only 80 degrees outside. Rolling down the windows a crack has surprisingly little effect on the temperature inside. Don’t believe it? Take a few minutes on a sunny day to sit in your car. Roll down the windows a couple of inches and see how long it takes for you to feel uncomfortable.

2.  Pavement also reaches dangerous temperatures quickly on sunny days. If the air temperature is 77 degrees, expect the pavement to be a paw burning 125 degrees. So before you make your dog walk on it, feel it with your hand for at least ten seconds. If it is uncomfortable for you, it will be uncomfortable for your dog. 

3.  Greyhounds are sensitive to both heat and cold because they lack insulating fat. Only exercise your greyhound when the air temperature is under 80 degrees. Shoot for the cooler morning or evening hours. Keep your walks short, walk where there is plenty of shade, or incorporate water related activities in your exercise routine.

4.  Make sure your pup always has access to plenty of fresh, clean water at home and on the go. Take a collapsible bowl and a spare bottle of water with you for your pup. Cool water is best. Ice cold water can shock the dog’s system causing vomiting or other health concerns.

5.  When you’re away from home, leave the air conditioning on for the comfort of your pup and make sure your pup can get inside to enjoy it. Fans are less effective for dogs than humans because dogs cool primarily by panting rather than sweating. A well insulated, built-in dog door can help keep the costs down. Provide shade or a kiddie pool for outdoor cooling.

6.  Even if you take all precautions, be diligent in watching for heatstroke. Signs include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, and a deep red/purple tongue. If you see any of these signs, seek veterinarian assistance immediately.

Article and photos reprinted from Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc.

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Drama searching for relief of summer heat

Heat will kill your dog. If it’s been hot,  please use common sense and good judgment when you take your dog out in the heat. Greyhounds, because of their lack of fat and hair, don’t have the insulation other dogs have to the heat. They need to be in a controlled temperature environment of 68 – 72 degrees.

Always have WATER in the car, and with you on walks.
ICE – Take a thermos full of ice with you
Squirt Bottle – Bring a squirt bottle filled with cold, ice water with you to help keep their body heat down.

POOLS – greyhounds love to sit in wading pools to keep cool.  So keep one handy for when the temperatures get higher to help keep your hound(s) cool.

Informative article on greyhounds and heat

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