How can I protect my dog from heat stroke?
Now that the weather is hot and getting hotter, it’s important to protect your dog from the effects of the heat. Unlike humans, dogs have very few sweat glands, so they have to regulate their body temperature by panting, which isn’t always effective. When a dog’s temperature gets too high, the result can be heat exhaustion or even heat stroke and possible death. Here are a few tips for preventing heat exhaustion:
- Make sure your dog has access to cold water and shade while outside.
- Try to schedule walks during the early morning and evening hours.
- For very active dogs who are accustomed to long walks and/or runs, insist on regular breaks for water and rest in a shaded area.
- Encourage your dog to swim and/or relax in the water.
- Never leave your dog in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down.
If your dog shows signs of heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, reluctance to drink water, bright red or blue gums, vomiting, or diarrhea, cover the dog with a wet towel and seek immediate veterinary care.