As we continue to experience record temperatures this summer, stay alert for signs of heat intolerance and heat stroke in your pet, especially in heavy coated or overweight dogs.
Labradors, for example, may not be comfortable in temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This can also apply to older or overweight dogs. Heavy coated dogs such as huskies may be sensitive to temperatures above 60 degrees.
Here are a few ways to keep your furry friends cool:
· Keep them in a temperature controlled environment – such as an air conditioned room.
· Provide plenty of cool water access to a pond, wading pool or sprinkler so your pet can cool off quickly.
· Seek shade and avoid hot asphalt and pavement.
· Don’t overwork/over-exercise your dog. A 15 minute walk may even be too long. Watch for signs of heat intolerance.
· Use fans to keep the air moving and cool your pet. Angle them so they provide a breeze to your floor-level buddy.
· Provide a cool, damp towel for him/her to lie on.
· Provide plenty of cool drinking water. You could also give him/her store-bought “pupsicles”.
Some signs of heat stroke (hyperthermia) in dogs include heavy panting, drooling excessively, vomiting, not urinating, wobbly gait, muscle tremors, dehydration and a body temperature above 103 degrees.
If your dog is exhibiting symptoms of heat stroke, seek emergency treatment.