Knowing how to keep our dogs cool on hot days is crucial to avoid heatstroke.
What is Heatstroke?
Heatstroke is very dangerous for dogs as it means their internal body temperature is abnormally elevated. Heatstroke can include symptoms such as:
Unusual breathing (rapid and loud)
High rectal temperature (103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
Extreme thirst due to dehydration
Weakness and/or fatigue
Disorientation or agitation
Dark or bright red tongue and gums
Thick saliva or excessive drooling
How serious is Heatstroke?
If you believe your dog is suffering from heatstroke you should take them to seek medical attention immediately!
How can I help to prevent heatstroke?
Since dogs don't have sweat glands, they rely on panting and their paw pads to regulate their body temperature. We can help them by offering options, such as these, to keep them cool:
Multiple bowls of cool, fresh water
Kiddie pool or splash pad
Running sprinkler or hose
Cool, wet towel
Keep them cool on those hot days!