Did you know that dogs are more susceptible to heatstroke than humans are? If you are unable to keep your furry friend inside during the hot summer months, then make sure provide plenty of fresh water and that the doghouse or shelter is as cool as possible during the hottest part of the day. Never leave your dog in the car. If you and your pet exercise together, try to doing it in the early morning hours and as late in the evening as possible when temperatures are not quite so hot.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs are:
- Loud panting
- Anxious expression
- High Fever (104 F or higher)
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Warm, dry skin
- Refusal to obey commands
If your beloved furry friend exhibits any of these signs, then contact your vet immediately to let them know you are coming in. Then immediately start cooling your dogs temperature by applying towels or sponges soaked in cool water or douse with a hose then wrap him in a cool, damp blanket. Offer small amounts of water, but do not force water as it can lead to choking.
Source: The Original Dog Bible, 2nd edition