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Pomeranians are quite vulnerable to very high temperatures. Leaving your dog in a closed car on a hot day is very dangerous. And if that weren’t enough you see people leave their dogs locked up in the car while they go on a quick errand, unaware of how quickly the temperature can rise to deadly levels.
You might be thinking this is only a little short of paranoia and, if you do, I urge you to try this. In a very hot day, get a couple of sweaters, a pair of long pants and the biggest and warmest jacket you have. The kind of stuff you would wear at the North Pole.
Now dress up with everything and see how far you can last. Most likely you’re sweating like a strawberry collector the second you put the second sweater on. If you were to sit like that for 5 minutes you’ll likely go into a coma. Most dogs, especially those with heavy coats and short muzzles, (much like Pomeranians) are very vulnerable to heat strokes.
What Are The Signs Of Heat Stroke And What Can I Do?
Symptoms of heatstroke may vary in severity. Look for excessive panting, bright red tongue and gums or dry and sticky tongue and gums . The dog may be struggling to breathe. He may have seizures; vomiting and bloody diarrhea are tell-tale signs.
If you detect any one of those, immediately have someone prepare the car, or a taxi, for an emergency trip to the vet. Meanwhile there are things you can do to help cool off your Pomeranian.
Also, even if he appears ok after you give him first aid; don’t take a rain check on that vet visit. Almost every internal organ can be affected and he may develop DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation), a complex blood problem that is a secondary complication to heat strokes.
First of all get him out of the sun. Find some shade somewhere and lead or carry him there. Find some cool water and gently rub it on him. A great idea is to wet some clothes with cool water and place them around the head and on the feet.
Take care so you don’t use ice-cold water. Too cold will actually worsen things because blood vessels will constrict to prevent hypothermia. You can offer some ice cubes for your Pomeranian to lick until you can reach the vet.
Finally, Take Your Dog’s Temperature
This is extremely helpful to know, because signs that your dog is ill are very confusing. You won’t know what symptoms to look for. If you have any suspicions, it’s a great idea to take his temperature and determine if he needs veterinary care.
You can take a dog’s temperature from two places, the rectum and the ear. His normal temperature is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. However for ear temperature between 100.0 and 103.0 degrees Fahrenheit is normal.
If you want to take his rectal temperature you will need a thermometer, some water-based lubricant and most likely a friend to help you hold the dog. Since you’ll likely have none of those in hand it’s important to know how to take his ear temperature.
The eardrum is a good indicator of body temperature because it’s full of brain blood. Take the thermometer and place it deep in the horizontal ear canal. If you don’t do it right you won’t get an accurate reading. Of course, if you’re using a mercury-based thermometer make sure you shake it beforehand until it’s below 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s advisable to try taking your dog’s ear temperature a few times when he’s healthy so you can get the hang of it and know how to do it properly when you need it. Alternatively you can take his rectal temperature as well and compare.
If he has any kind of fever then you’re in for an emergency trip to the doctor. Don’t skip it as it might mean your dog’s life. Heatstroke is very problematic in dogs of all kinds. But Pomeranians, with their big furry coat are especially vulnerable.