With summer months finally here, you and your dog will want to spend as much time out in the sun as humanly (and doggly) as possible. This comes with its own set of challenges. Staying hydrated is crucial for both humans and canines and finding shelter from the sweltering heat is important.
You should never be out in the sun for too long and your dog shouldn’t be excessively exposed either. Dogs can suffer heatstroke just as easily as we can (actually easier) and the effects can be devastating and often deadly.
“Heat stroke…is a form of non-fever hyperthermia that occurs when heat-dissipating mechanisms of the body cannot accommodate excessive external heat. Typically associated with temperature of of 106° F (41° C) or higher without signs of inflammation, a heat stroke can lead to multiple organ dysfunction.”
Some signs to be on the lookout this summer include:
Excessive Drooling and Thick Saliva
Increased Heart Rate
Bright Red Tongue
High Body Temperature
If your dog is suffering from heat stroke remove them from the heat immediately. Get them inside to an air-conditioned room or to a heavily shaded area. Get them hydrated but never force feed them. Cool them down. Spraying them with a hose could help or patting them with a cold towel. Contact an emergency veterinarian immediately.
This should go without saying, but, NEVER leave your dog in the car during the summer heat.