Heat Stress Dog and Cats

With the summer months just around the corner, temperatures of course also rise. While everyone goes outside to enjoy the nice weather, the needs of pets are sometimes forgotten. And it is precisely during this period that they need a little extra attention. Every year there are a number of fatal cases of overheating in dogs. Did you know that the body temperature of a dog and cat can rise up to 40.5 degrees with these high temperatures? Therefore, it's time to take extra good care of pets during these hot days! After all, heat can cause stress and may be bad for a dog's health.

6 tips to make the hot days pleasant for a dog or cat

Provide enough shaded areas. You can do this, for example, with the CoolPets Shade Mate.

Provide plenty of water. When temperatures rise, a pet needs more fluids than usual. Is your dog or cat not drinking enough? In a playful way for dogs you can use the Splash Water Fountain. Cats often love running water, the Fresh Flow Fountain provides fresh running water with its filter.

Use a cooling mat. Such as the CoolPets Cooling Mat. This is made of gel on which the cat or dog can lie with its belly. The belly is the best way to cool a pet. 

Make sure the house is the cool haven for a pet. Keep curtains and doors closed during the day. In the evening, do not forget to ventilate the house. Opening the windows in the evening will naturally cool the house.

Who does not like playing with their pet? We certainly love it! But with this heat, it is wiser to do those playtimes in the evening and not during the day. Do you want to play with your dog during the day? Then there is the Coolpets pool with toys, the splash pool with nozzle and the ice flower nozzle

Not playing but cooling down? The Coolpets Bandana keeps the animal cool. Wet the bandana with water and wring it out. Then shake it out 2 or 3 times so that oxygen cools the special fabric of °COOLPETS immediately!

Asphalt and streets get very hot in this heat, paws of dogs and cats can burn. By applying some Skinderm ointment on the paws you provide extra protection. 

What are the consequences of heat stress?
In an attempt to bring the body back to a normal temperature, the body tries to increase the rate of heat release by increasing blood circulation. The heart rate increases, requiring the heart to work harder. The dog starts panting faster and sweating (via its paws). 

Overheating can have serious, sometimes even fatal, consequences for a dog. They can suffer from heat cramp (in the muscles), they walk around dazed, vomiting, diarrhoea and sometimes a dark red/purple tongue. Dogs can also faint, this occurs when there is insufficient blood flow to the brain. In the most serious cases, the dog can suffer a heatstroke, which can even cause death. 

How to treat heat stress in your dog? 
When these symptoms appear, it is important to get your dog out of the heat as soon as possible. Take him to a cool, ventilated room and have him lie on a cool surface. Try to lower your dog's body temperature gradually, getting him used to a cooler temperature first and not suddenly throwing a splash of water at him. Cool the head in particular so that the brain does not overheat and breathing improves. Provide plenty of cool water, possibly with a pinch of dissolved salt.