The Summer Heat is not a Friend for your Dog

The Summer Heat and Your Pet

The sun is shining, the grass is green and the sweat drips from your brow.... Double check that your furry friend is NOT feeling the heat. "Bailey" is your best buddy and needs you to recognize that the heat is getting to him and needs to return indoors and have a cool drink. Recognizing over heating of your pet is a very important job of a dog and cat owners because it can happen faster than you could imagine.

 

Over Heating/Exhaustion Signs

Heat stroke is a frightening experience for pets and pet owners alike. There are a few easy to remember signs for you as a pet owner to recognize to help prevent these episodes.

  • Excessive Panting
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Red Gums or Tongue
  • Laying down and Refusing to Move
  • Uncoordinated Movement
  • Collapse or Unconsciousness

If any of these situations occur please grab a towel soaked in cool water or hosing your pet down then IMMEDIATELY take your pet to the CLOSEST veterinary hospital. Time is crucial and these symptoms are considered an emergency.

 

Avoiding Over Heating/Exhaustion 

Animal owners can protect their pet from heat stroke by avoiding some typical summer activities. Here are a few situations to avoid or be cautious when your pet is with you out of doors.

  • Riding in the back of a pickup truck
  • Riding in a vehicle with no air conditioning 
  • Playing in the front or backyard during the hottest time of day
  • Hiking during the hottest time of day
  • Unattended in a garage or other enclosures
  • Playing "fetch" for long lengths of time

 

Prevention

Keep a close eye on your pets actions and on the length of time your summer fun has been outside. Keep plenty of cool water available for your pet to drink. Make sure there is a lake or a cool body of water that is safe for your pet to swim or stand in from time to time. Be near or surrounded by areas that have significant shade or little patches of shade that your pet can go to when they feel overheated. The last important thing to remember is the breed and age of your pet. Elderly dogs and cats don't have the same "young" body they used to have so be cautious. Dogs and cats with short faces and noses. These breeds cannot circulate air in their system as easily as say a Labrador can, so monitoring and prevention of these situations can greatly increase your fun summer time activities.

                                                         Second heat dog