For many dogs, summer is a trying time. Dogs don’t regulate their body temperatures as well as humans do. Overheating in dogs can be critical and even deadly, making the hotter days tough on our pups.
A 3-year-old gray and white Pit Bull named Rocco barely survived heat stroke this July. When he arrived at Angell Animal Medical Center in Massachusetts, Rocco’s temperature had reached 106 degrees. Miraculously, the veterinarians there were able to save his life.
Certain breeds are slightly more prone to overheating. Pit Bull and other Bull dogs are among those breeds. If vets had gotten to Rocco any later, he may not have survived.
Mike Keiley, Director of Adoption Centers and Programs at the MSPCA-Angell told WCVB the shelter is doing everything they can to find Rocco a permanent home.
“Rocco’s been through the worst that summer temperatures can throw at any dog, and on top of that his former owner abandoned him. But the last thing we’re going to do is abandon Rocco. We’re going to pull out all the stops to find him the most loving and safe home that we can.”
Currently, Rocco is recovering at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Anyone interested in adopting this little miracle can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org via email. He’s a trooper who deserves a loving home!
Preventing Heat Stroke In Dogs
Rocco is lucky, but not every dog will be. Severe heat stroke kills, and dog parents can do a lot to keep their pups safe during the hottest days of the year.
Here are some tips to prevent heat stroke in dogs.
- On especially hot days, walk your dogs in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are lowest.
- NEVER leave a dog in a locked car with the windows up! On a 75 degree day, a car can heat up to over 122 degrees in just 30 minutes.
- Limit your dog’s time outside on hot days. Observe them for signs of heat stroke.
- Keep your home comfortably cool. Don’t leave the air off when your dog’s home alone.
- Leave plenty of water out for your dog to keep them hydrated.
- Apply a cold wet towel to your dog’s forehead as a quick way to cool them off.
Dogs suffering from heat stroke can lose consciousness and even experience organ failure. If you detect any signs of heat stroke, take your dog to the vet for treatment right away.