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Summer Safety Tip

June 28, 2017 | Tips and Training

Summer is here, and it’s HOT outside! If you and your best friend will be spending time outdoors, make sure that you watch your dog closely for signs of overheating and heat stroke. Many people don’t even realize that their dog is overheating. That happy, long tongue is letting you know your dog is HOT! Heat stroke is a very real danger for your dog and will cause nausea, loss of consciousness, brain damage, and even death. So, make sure your dog has access to a nice, shady place to cool off, with plenty of fresh water to keep him cool & hydrated. When it’s really hot outside – even a casual walk can lead to heat stroke especially if your dog is older or out of shape. Keep your exercise routine to early morning or evenings when it’s cooler. Never leave your dog in your car during hot weather. Dogs left in cars, even with the window cracked open, can overheat very quickly during the summer. Here’s how to recognize heat stroke in your pet. If your dog is suffering from heat stroke, he will be:

  • Panting excessively
  • Have redness around his eyes
  • Show signs of weakness
  • Irritability
  • May start vomiting
  • Collapse

You can try to cool him down by giving him cool water to drink – not cold water. Cold water may make him vomit.

Try to sponge him down with a cool wet towel or drape damp towels over his body and place him in a cool clean spot like a tile floor or concrete floor, something that doesn’t trap heat like carpeting; and possibly place a low blowing fan on him. Do not submerge the animal in a cold bath or tub of water as this may induce shock.

In extreme cases where your dog’s gums are grayish, his tongue is blue, or he is unconscious, call your veterinarian. Severe heatstroke is an emergency, and you may need to make a quick trip to the veterinarian or emergency clinic.

Information on heatstroke can be found at peteducation.com

Summer tips from the ASPCA and from the AKC

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