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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

  • Frequent vomiting

  • Disorientation or agitation

  • Dark or bright red tongue and gums

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Thick saliva or excessive drooling

  • Seizures

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:

  • Provide shade

  • Multiple bowls of cool, fresh water

  • Kiddie pool or splash pad

  • Running sprinkler or hose

  • Cool, wet towel

  • Ice cubes

  • Frozen treats

  • Cooling vest

  • Fan

Keep them cool on those hot days!

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