I experienced a very unexpected situation with one of my basenjis this weekend. We are just getting into the hot + sunny part of summer up here in Vermont. Like most basenjis, mine ADORE sunbathing and do very well in the heat. If I were to build a bonfire on a hot summer day, they would probably sprawl out next to it! I am a responsible dog owner, I make sure my dogs have water and shade outside -- heck, they even have a beach umbrella out there! I also make sure they are inside during the hottest parts of the day. But I learned this morning that even a responsible owner and a sun-worshiping African dog can find themselves dealing with mild heat exhaustion.
As a result I would like to provide a friendly reminder to my basenji friends out there that even our sun-loving and heat-seeking basenjis can be susceptible to heat exhaustion -- and it happens FAST! Below are excerpts from a website that I found to be simple, to the point, and helpful (http://www.suite101.com/content/signs-of-overheating-in-dogs-a113296). And (thank my lucky stars) after cooling her down my sun-loving girl is back to her goofy + energetic self! :)
- Profuse and rapid panting
- Bright red tongue
- Thick drooling saliva
- Wide eyes with a glassy look
- Lack of coordination
- Crying LOUDLY or appearing panicked and in pain (I added this one)