Summer Care Tip #2 - Know the Signs of Heat Stress
Heat stroke can be a tricky thing, because this can really sneak up on dogs. Even if you take precautions and even if you yourself feel fine, your Yorkshire Terrier may be struggling. It all begins when a dog’s body has a hard time maintaining proper internal temperature.
Normally, a dog’s temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees F (38.3 to 39.2 degrees C). Heat stress is when that rises to 103 Fahrenheit (39.44 C) and left untreated it can easily spiral into heat stroke, at which time dog’s temperature will be 106 F (44.11 C) or more which is considered life threatening.
During the summer, no matter where you are with your Yorkie, keep an eye out for the signs of this.
heavy panting, drooling, red gums, vomiting
, and/or decrease urination.
Kahlua, photo courtesy of Dina