Pomeranians are famous for having a lot of fluffy fur, it helps them keep warm when it’s cold but, can it make them too hot. Do Pomeranians overheat easily?
Pomeranians can overheat easily. There are many situations that will put your dog at risk for heat exhaustion or a more serious situation of heatstroke. Luckily, there are precautions we can take as dog owners to prevent our dogs from being in danger.
- Do Pomeranians Get Heatstroke
- What Is Heat Stroke In Dogs
- How Do Dogs Regulate Their Body Temperature
- Heatstroke Symptoms In Pomeranians
- How Do I Know If My Dog Has Heatstroke
- What Do I Do If My Dog Has Heatstroke
- What Should A Pomeranians Temperature Be
- How To Prevent Heat Stroke In Dogs
- Dangerous Heat Situations For Your Dog
- Should Pomeranians Be Shaved In Summer
- Do Pomeranians Do Well In Hot Weather
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Do Pomeranians Get Heatstroke
Pomeranians are vulnerable to heatstroke.
What’s The Difference Between Hyperthermia And Heat Stroke
Hyperthermia is actually a general term used to describe the condition when the body is having a hard time regulating its body temperature, although most of us think of hyperthermia as a condition that occurs when the body has gotten too cold.
What Is Heat Stroke In Dogs
Hyperthermia is an elevated body temperature over 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
When a dog’s body temperature rises above 106 degrees Fahrenheit and the condition is caused by being in the heat it’s considered heat stroke.
If a dog’s temperature rises above 107 degrees Fahrenheit a dog is likely to have damage to multiple organs or death.
How Do Dogs Regulate Their Body Temperature
Humans regulate our body temperature from the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus checks our body temperature often and sends out messages to our body organs in response to help raise or lower our temperature. When the human body gets too hot it will start to sweat.
The sweat will evaporate off your skin, when it evaporates it removes some of your body heat with it.
Dog’s do have some sweat glands located in their ears and the pads of their feet. Unlike humans, dogs do not sweat as a way to regulate and cool down their body temperature.
How Do Dogs Reduce Their Body Temperature
Dogs will pant to help cool them down.
When a dog pants it’s breathing in air through its nose. While the air is in the nose it picks up moisture within the soft tissues of the nose. That moisture is carried through the body and collects body heat. Breathing the air and moisture out of the dog’s mouth helps reduce the dog’s overall body temperature.
How Do Dogs Increase Their Body Temperature
Dogs will pant to help heat them up.
Yes, dogs also use panting to keep themselves warm. When a dog is trying to maintain its body heat it will exhale through its nose instead of its mouth. Doing this helps the body heat stay inside of the dog’s body.
There are some dogs that are referred to as brachiocephalic that have a much harder time breathing and panting to cool down like Bulldogs and Pugs.
Heatstroke Symptoms In Pomeranians
A dog will show signs of heat exhaustion before they are technically experiencing heatstroke. It’s so important to watch your dog closely and pay attention to any change in behavior including the following behaviors.
What Are The Symptoms Of Heat Exhaustion In Dogs
- your normally obedient dog may stop listening to you and following your simple commands
- dogs experiencing heat exhaustion often become lethargic
- a dog overheating will start to pant heavily
- you day may refuse to drink water
If these symptoms of heat exhaustion are ignored the situation may escalate into heat stroke and become very serious.
What Are The Symptoms Of Heatstroke In Dogs
- extreme panting
- your dog having the inability to move or even get up off of the ground
- body temperature over 103-degrees Fahrenheit
- your dog may have saliva that has become very thick in consistency
- your dog’s gums may change from their normal light pink color to a dark red color
- a dog with heatstroke will often feel and be dizzy
- the membranes in your dog’s mouth and nose may feel dry
- a dog suffering from heatstroke may collapse and become unconscious
- your dog’s heart rate may also increase if they are experiencing heatstroke
How Do I Know If My Dog Has Heatstroke
If your dog is experiencing any of the above symptoms they probably have some level of heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
These symptoms must be taken seriously, your dogs life depends on your actions.
What Do I Do If My Dog Has Heatstroke
I would always recommend seeking the help of professional veterinary care if you suspect that your dog may have heat exhaustion or heatstroke. I am a firm believer in being better safe than sorry. I’m lovingly referred to as the safety police at my house.
With that said there are many things you can do to help your dog cool its body temperarture while you are seeking out help.
- Get your dog into a cool shaded place that has lots of airflow. Possibly put a fan near your dog to increase the airflow around him or her. If you are in the car open the windows to add airflow and turn on the air conditioner.
- Give your dog cool water (not freezing cold water or ice), ice and extremely cold water can actually impact the blood vessels in your dog’s body making it harder for it to cool down.
- When giving your dog water try not to let them drink it too quickly. Dog’s that drink too much and too fast usually end up throwing it back up.
- Try cooling your dog down using cool wet towels, you can put the towels on the pads of their feet, face, belly, and armpits. Do not cover your dog up completely or else the towels will trap the heat inside your dog’s body. Make sure to change the wet towels every often as they are heating up being on your hot dog.
- If you can take your dog’s body temperature rectally, only proceed to cooling treatments if your dog’s body temperature is above 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Take your dog’s temperature often to make sure your efforts are reducing their body temperature.
Stop treating your dog when its temperature is 103.9 degrees Fahrenheit and seek veterinary care to make sure your dog doesn’t have any injuries from the condition it was in.
What Should A Pomeranians Temperature Be
A Pomeranians healthy body temperature is 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
If your Pomeranian’s body temperature rises to 103 degrees Fahrenheit or above they may be suffering from heatstroke or another health condition and it’s best to seek medical care immediately.
How To Prevent Heat Stroke In Dogs
There are many things you can do prevent your dog from ever experiencing heat stroke.
Making sure you and your dog a hydrated and avoiding dangerous situations during warm weather are good practices.
Dangerous Heat Situations For Your Dog
There are many situations that should be avoided to help prevent heatstroke and a potential tragedy.
Never Leave Your Dog In A Hot Car
It’s extremely tragic that people are not aware of how fast the temperature can rise in a car.
It doesn’t even need to be a hot day for the temperature inside of a car to become deadly.
On a day that the weather is 70 degrees, the temperature inside of a car will rise to a deadly 104 degrees within a 30-minute time frame.
ThoughtCo. wrote a great article on Why Car Interiors Get So Hot In The Summer. They include a chart that shows how fast the temperature can rise during different weather conditions.
It’s also mentioned in the article that cracking the windows of a car does not help in keeping the temperature down. The temperature will rise at almost the same rate.
Most states now have laws to help protect innocent animals that are left inside hot cars. If you ever see an animal locked in a hot car in many states you can legally break the window to rescue the animal.
Don’t Exercise Your Dog When Its Hot Out
It’s best to avoid exercise outdoors with your dog when it’s hot.
You can select a cooler time of the day like the early morning or late evening to exercise instead or just skip it all together.
Here in Florida, it can get very warm during the hot summer months. You’ll often see people walking their dogs in the early morning hours of the day when it’s still very nice out and the sun isn’t as strong.
Stay Out Of The Hot Sun
If you are outdoors on a hot day try to stick to shady spots. It’s even better if you find a shady spot with a nice breeze.
Not Having Enough Water
You must have water for you and your dog at all times when it’s warm out. Even if it’s not hot out having access to water is a must.
Hot Asphalt Can Be Dangerous
Always be aware of the ground temperature, besides the risk of burning your pup’s soft and sensitive footpads the heat radiating off the ground can increase a dog’s body temperature especially if they are small dogs that lower to the ground like a Pomeranian.
Should Pomeranians Be Shaved In Summer
Pomeranians should never be shaved, especially in Summer!
It’s a complete misunderstanding that dogs should be shaved to help them keep cool in warm weather.
A dog’s coat has been specifically created or has evolved over time to assist in protecting the dog from the elements hot or cold.
Dog’s that originate from cold climates tend to have beautiful and thick double coats, like our Pomeranian.
Now that the same Artic dog can live in warm climates like here in Florida you may think they need a little help to keep cool. That would be correct but, shaving your dog is not one of them.
Why Shouldn’t I Shave My Pomeranian In Summer
There are a couple reasons why you should never shave your Pomeranian.
- Shaving any dog that has a double coat may damage their coats forever. If you cut into that soft and fluffy undercoat it may stunt the dog’s fur from ever growing back.
- Your dog’s fur is protecting your dog from the sun. If you shave your Pomeranian its sensitive skin will now be more vulnerable to sunburns and skin cancer.
Why Do I See Cute Pictures Of Shaved Pomeranians
We’ve all seen the adorable pictures of famous Boo the Pomeranian or others that have a teddy bear cut or lion cut.
There are plenty of cases where people have seen pictures of shaved Pomeranians and had it done to their dog without knowing the potential consequences.
In other cases, the dog may have a skin condition like alopecia or Black Skin Disease where shaving the dog’s fur was the best option.
Do Pomeranians Do Well In Hot Weather
Pomeranians are originally cold weather dogs and aren’t very suited for hot weather.
I live in Florida with two little fluffy Pomeranians. It’s possible for a dog to live a happy healthy life in a hot climate but, you must be aware of the weather and take the necessary precautions to protect your dog.
Heat stroke is very serious and most dogs including Pomeranians are vulnerable to this deadly condition.
To be safe you must always be aware of the conditions that your dog is in and make the right choices to help protect your dog.
If you suspect that your dog is experiencing symptoms of being overheated seek veterinary care immediately and try to cool your dog down as you transport them.