Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, especially with your dog! Whether you are taking a hike together, spending the day at a pool, or even going on a walk, it’s important that your dog keeps cool on hot days. Here are some quick tips to make sure your dog stays healthy in the heat!
Do’s and Don’ts
- DO make sure your dog has always has access to water, refilling their bowl frequently and carrying water on walks
- DO walk your dog during cooler times of the day, like early morning or late evening
- DO take breaks when playing to prevent exhaustion, even if it’s swimming
- DO be more careful with snub-nosed dogs who are heat sensitive, like bulldogs, pugs, and Boston terriers
- DON’T ever leave your dog unattended in a car
- DON’T walk your dog on hot pavement (you can tell if it’s too hot for your hand)
- DON’T ignore signs of overheating
Recognizing Heat Stroke
Dogs depend on panting and their nose and paw pads to release heat. This makes them susceptible to overheating, as they can’t sweat through their skin. Recognizing signs of heat stroke can be crucial to your dog’s wellbeing.
Some signs of heat stroke include:
- Excessive panting
- Raised temperature (normal is 101.5°)
- Fatigue or Collapse
- Muscle tremors
- Trouble breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
If you see these signs, lower your dog’s temperature gradually with shade and cool water and contact your vet immediately. This condition is serious and can be fatal.