Heat Stroke Warning Signs & Prevention
This summer, we encourage everyone to practice heat safety for themselves AND their pets!
Heat can be incredibly dangerous for dogs. If they are panting hard, drooling excessively or losing coordination there is a chance your dog is going into heat stroke. Immediately bring your dog inside the air conditioning, pour cool (not ice cold) water over them and take them directly to an emergency veterinary clinic. Heat stroke can be fatal and can come on very quickly, so it's best not to take chances.
Here are some basic tips to prevent heat stroke:
- Give your dog plenty of water before and after walks.
- Take frequent water and shade breaks when out and about. Limit outside time and walks, especially during the middle of the day.
- Walk your dog on the grass, not the pavement, to prevent your dog's paws from burning.
- If you have an active dog, try to keep outside playtime or longer walks to the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are lowest.
- Check the outside temperature before heading to a dog-friendly patio. If it's 80 degrees or more out, it's probably best to leave them at home. This is especially recommended if they are old/young, have a long or layered coat or a snub nose (think pug or bulldog). Call ahead to make sure the patio is shaded and water bowls are provided.
- Before taking your dog anywhere in the car, let the air conditioning run for a few minutes to cool down the car.
- NEVER leave your dog in the car without the air conditioning running for ANY length of time.