Awareness and Delta
Welcome to the inaugural blog post here at T-CoolK9. The topic is Awareness and Delta. Canine heat stroke is a silent killer of our beloved partners. And it can be prevented. The first step to prevention is Awareness. There are three key areas to be aware of. They are, ambient temperature and humidity, condition of your dog, and the activity you will be doing with your dog. The key here, is the Delta or change in any one of the three. The change in any one of these three things, can be the spark, that begins the possibility of heat stroke.
Let’s look at a couple of examples. Let’s say you and you dog run for 30 minutes every day, the temperature and humidity has been consistent over the past month and your dog’s condition has remained consistent. On the scale of concern, you more than likely have little to be worried about.
Now let’s consider these three points and the concept of the Delta or change to each one. Here is a different scenario. It is springtime, temperatures and humidity are climbing daily, it has been a busy two weeks in your life and due to rain, you haven’t gone for a run in almost two weeks. Your dog has been on the couch, wanting as much as you, to go on that run. The weather is beautiful, you have the time and you lace up your running shoes, grab your leash, and your dog is spinning at the door with excitement. Off you go! Within five feet of the front door a wave of moist warm air fills your lungs. This is where the spark is lit, this is where the potential for canine heat stroke begins.
What are the Delta’s in this scenario? The temperature and humidity have increased since your last run. Your dog’s condition is not the same as it was two weeks ago. You plan on doing your same run, so there is no Delta there.
So, what do you do now? There are several things that should be going on in your head. First, be Aware, think about the potential for a problem. Second, be alert for any Delta in your dog’s behavior. If your dogs pace typically never slows during your run, but he does today, that is a warning sign. Slow down. Look for any Delta or change of typical behavior. Shorten your run and begin the process of acclimation, by reducing your run and building back up over the course of several weeks.
Additionally, wear your T-Cool collar. Since we know that one degree of body temperature can mean the difference in life and death, and the T-Cool collar can help reduce the body’s temperature. Wear the collar during the exercise and after, since we have learned that your dog’s body temperature can increase after the exercise is completed, because of metabolism. And have an extra set of cool packs ready to go and replace them for the cool down period.