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Dobermans and Summer Heat

June 10th, 2011 Posted in Doberman Health & Care

Summer is finally here!

And along with the sunshine, comes the heat.  While we may enjoy hot summer days, our canine friends may not.  Dogs are more sensitive to heat exhaustion or heat stroke than humans.  While we sweat to cool our internal body temperature, dogs pant to reduce theirs.  Keep in mind that most at risk for overheating or heat stroke are younger dogs, the old, the obese, Dobermans with black hair and Dobermans with certain medical conditions.

So how do you know when your Doberman is reaching a critical health emergency like heat stroke?

A dog’s normal body temperature is about 99-102 degrees F or 37-38 degrees Celcius. Anything above 104 degrees F is cause for concern and at over 106 degrees, you are looking at a possible deadly temperature. If you have a rectal thermometer available you can quickly assess how badly your dog is suffering.

Call your vet or emergency animal clinic right away if you notice these symptoms of heat stroke: heavier than usual panting, salivation, vomiting, diarrhea and discolored gums.

Also keep in mind, like humans, your dog can get sunburned, especially the nose on Doberman dogs. Their paws also need attention. Test the pavement with your own bare feet. If it’s too hot for you, it may burn the pads on your dogs paws.

Help your Doberman handle hot weather with these tips.

  • Move him to a shady spot or indoors. Don’t assume he’ll know to move out of the sun himself or stop over-exercising.
  • Use a spray bottle and mist him with water
  • Use fans to direct a breeze onto your dog
  • Buy a cooling pad or cooling vest
  • Apply wet cloths or towels to his body or a wet bandana to his neck
  • Place an ice pack or bag of frozen peas on your dogs neck
  • If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, place your dog in an air conditioned car. Stay with him and have the vent directed at his body.
  • Get a children’s swimming pool
  • Place ice cubes in your dogs water dish
  • Place ice cubes inside a kong toy
  • Place ice packs to the dogs armpits and groin where major blood vessels are.
  • Give your dog ice cubes to lick or make special frozen treats for dogs
  • Monitor your dogs breathing and heart and be prepared to give artificial respiration and CPR.

Personally my black Doberman seems to love sun tanning but I make sure on extremely hot days to monitor her condition.  Remember dogs can’t tell us they’re not feeling well, it’s up to us as responsible owners to know when they need help.

How do you keep your Doberman cool in the summer? Do you have any neat ideas for handling summer heat?

 

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4 Responses to “Dobermans and Summer Heat”

  1. Joey Smith Says:

    Can I put My DOBERMAN PINSCHER in the HOTTUB on a low Temp. ???????!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Jaki Says:

    I wouldn’t unless you want dog pee in your tub :)


  3. Louis Says:

    I m having a serious doubt .I don’t know whether i can ask it here.I had a doberman puppy of seven months old,few days before its right had become big.i thought first it would be some swelling.Later confirmed its not swelling..no pain for her.one of my friend said that it may be the symptoms of filariasis..but i not even heard that this diseases will come to dogs.now the same thing came on the left leg also..Can u guyz please help me any idea of this..Is this a spreading disease. Please suggest me what to do


  4. Jaki Says:

    Please take your dog to a veterinarian doctor to be examined. If you can’t afford treatment, most vets will allow payment plans.


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