Summer is officially upon us in full swing. Pool days, ice cold glasses of sweet tea, and more time to spend with the family (two legged and four legged), what could be better? With that summer sun already baring down on us, it’s safe to say this summer is going to be a hot one. With those high temperatures comes the chance for our pups to face issues such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, just like us humans. Don’t start locking the pups up in the AC yet, there are ways to prevent this so you can continue to have fun in the sun all summer long!
There are few ways to prevent heat exhaustion from ever happening in the first place.
- Limit your dog’s time outside.
While it might seem obvious, limiting your dog’s outside time on hot days can be a lifesaver. It might seem bearable outside to you on a walk or simply sitting outside, but dogs are people pleasers, meaning they will stay out as long as you stay out, until they simply collapse. Shade and water are a dogs friend on hot days and should be provided at every opportunity.
- Always provide water to your dog.
A dog’s only way to regulate their body temperate is by taking a breather or drinking water, as they can only sweat through the pads of their paws! By providing them access to water, you are allowing them to cool off easier and quicker.
- NEVER leave your dog in a parked car.
On a hot day, the inside of a car can get over 100 degrees. This is a fatal temperature for dogs, even for a few minutes. If you think you are going to be making some stops, leave your pup at home, as it could be a deciding factor between life or death.
If your pup does end up in one of these situations or you suspect the heat is becoming too much for them, look out for difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, fever, excessive drooling, vomiting, lethargy, red or purple gums, or muscle tremors. All of these are signs of heat exhaustion that could lead to a heat stroke, a coma, or death. Provide water or shade as quickly as possible and if symptoms do not stop after a short while, take your dog to the vet as soon as you can.
While you’re having fun this summer, keep your furry friend in mind, as we owe it to them to keep them as well cared for as possible. A little water and shade can go a long way, for both humans and pets! Stay cool and hydrated this summer, and as always let us know if you have any comments or questions or if we can help you out in any way!