Since it has been VERY hot lately, we want to be sure your dog is safe and healthy.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion usually develop in dogs who are not acclimated to exercise in environments with high temperature and/or humidity, and in dogs confined to hot environments such as cars or buildings. Dogs that are overweight or overexert themselves; those that are ill or on certain medications; and those pets with current problems such as breathing problems, fever, dehydration, heart disease and poor circulation are predisposed. Short-faced breeds such as English Bulldogs, Boxers, and Boston Terriers are especially predisposed to heat exhaustion.
Overheating and Heat Stroke can be prevented by restricting exposure to high environment temperatures. Minimize activity on hot humid days, and limit sun exposure during the mid-day hours. Make sure outside dogs have access to shade and water at all times.
During hot weather, dogs should be walked or exercised in the early morning or late evening during the coolest times of the day. Keep your dog in a well-ventilated area. NEVER leave your pet in a car or confined in a small enclosed space with limited ventilation and no protection from high temperatures for any reason at any time! Always provide plenty of fresh water.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
- Rapid, intense panting
- Eyes wide, anxious look, salivating
- Staggering and weakness
- Weakness or Collapse in advanced stages
- Rectal temperature over 105 degrees
What You Should Do if You Think Your Pet is Overheated
- Immediately cool your dog down by spraying with cool water, or get in tub of cool water making sure the water contacts the skin and doesn’t just run off the coat and getting into a cool well ventilated area.
- Then take your dog to the vet immediately.
If you don’t have resources available to cool your pet down right away, take your dog IMMEDIATELY to the nearest veterinary hospital! Dangerous high temperatures can occur in as little as 10 minutes!