How to Protect Your Dog from Heat Stroke

How to Protect Your Dog from Heat Stroke |

I remember one very hot day several summers ago our pet was having a lot of issues due to the heat. He became overheated and we rushed him to the local pet hospital. The waiting room was lined with dogs suffering from heatstroke.

It’s scary to think about, but a few simple precautions can keep your furry friends safe and cool through even the dog days of summer.

1. Never leave your dog in a closed car

Even if you think you’ll be just a minute, this is never a good idea. Let’s say the temperature outside is 78 degrees, which most of us would call a pretty nice day. But within about 10 minutes, the inside of your car can rise to above 100 degrees. Even if you park in the shade and leave the windows cracked, the temperature can become dangerous for pets. Recently a law was passed in Colorado allowing people to break car windows to rescue animals. The moral of the story here is that it’s better to leave your pets at home rather than risk the heat in the car.

2. Keep fresh water available

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Water is the best way to keep your dog cool. Keeping not only a full bowl of fresh water accessible as well as a back-up bowl is essential to keeping pets cool and hydrated. I recommend keeping a collapsible water bowl in the car or attached to the leash so water is always easily accessible.

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3. Provide shade and water outside

Dogs that spend most of their time outdoors are at a higher risk for heat related problems. Make sure there is a comfortable shelter area in the shade. Don’t assume a big tree will provide shade all day. As the sun moves, shady spots change. They need a place that shelters them from direct sunlight and a place to cool off. A dog house and a child’s wading pool, filled with water can give a dog a nice break from the heat.

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4. Test the pavement

Keep your dog off the hot cement. Do your own touch test. Put your hand on the pavement and if you can’t keep your hand there for a full ten seconds, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on.

5. Watch your dog for warning signs

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Every breed of dog deals with heat differently. For example, pugs and French bulldogs have a more difficult time in the heat than say a beagle or terroir. It’s important to remember dogs can’t speak to us, but they will often give us warning signs if they’re feeling sick. A few warning signs of heatstroke to look out for: vomiting, a bright red tongue, thick and sticky saliva, heavy panting, collapses or in some cases a seizure.

By taking a few extra precautions in the heat, you and Fido have a long, fun summer ahead of you!

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