We all enjoy walks or runs on hot days but you need to remember when taking your dog that they are wearing a fur coat, and may not be able to regulate their temperature as well as you. This can lead to heat stroke.
Signs of Heat Stroke
- Excessive Panting
- Bright red tonque and gums
- Body temperature over 104°F or 40°C
If you suspect your pet has heat stroke you must act quickly! Move the dog into a cool, air conditioned space like a cool car or use a fan. Place a cool damp towel on the dog. You want to cool your animal down slowly; cooling down to fast can be life threatening. NEVER USE A HOSE on a dog you believe has heat stroke. Most importantly, get your pet to the nearest Veterinary Clinic as soon as possible.
Tips to Prevent Heat Stroke
* Always allow your dog to have access to lots of fresh water
* When going for a walk take water bottles and portable dog dishes
* If it is to hot or humid outside don’t exercise your dog outside
* It is safer to walk/exercise your dog in the early morning or evening when it is cooler outside
* Certain dogs have a greater risk of overheating these include: bracycephalic, overweight large heavy coated and dogs with heart/respiratory problems
Not all dogs like to or are able to swim. You should never leave your pet unsupervised in or near the water. Purchase a life jacket for your pet if they spend a lot of time near water. A dog can get knocked out of the boat, or get tired/cold/injured and not be able to make it back to the shore. Kiddie pools and sprinklers can be a safer method of water play for older dogs or dogs that don’t swim well.
Vehicles can heat up to 120°F in a matter of minutes even if parked in the shade or with the windows down on a hot day. If you can’t bring your dog in with you at your destination, it is better to leave them at home. All pets should be safely secured in a car when travelling (crate, seat belt or harness). NEVER travel with your dog in the back of a truck! They can be thrown from the bed of a truck in an accident or jump out into traffic. If your pet doesn’t travel well due to motion sickness, please talk to us, we can help!