Summer is here and the heat and humidity can cause our dogs to overheat. Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans and less ability to cool down than humans. Humans are covered in sweat glands, but a dog only has it nose and pads of their feet. Panting helps a dog regulate their body temperature and this not very efficient in hot weather.
In a short amount of time an overheated dog can suffer critical damage to the brain, heart, liver and nervous system.
Some symptoms of overheating are:
- Heavy panting
- Elevated Body Temperature
- Increased pulse and heartbeat
- Excessive thirst
- Weakness and/or collapse
- Glazed eyes
- Vomiting and/or bloody diarrhea
I don’t know why but it seems that pet owners are oblivious their dog is overheating. I drive by many people out walking or running with their dog and I can see the dog is in distress. I have even stopped and offered water to an overheated dog and to give the pet owners and the dog a ride home but was refused. I wonder if that dog is still alive?
Many dogs die during the hot summer months. Most cases of dogs dying go unreported so we do not know how many as there are no statistics. Per Dr. Karen Becker “But estimates are that several hundred dogs suffer this slow, agonizing and entirely preventable fate every summer.
Be careful this summer and don’t let your dog overheat!
Some tips to prevent overheating in your dog:
1. Exercise your dog early in the morning or late evening when it is the coolest. 90° and above your dog should be indoors!
2. Don’t overdo exercise or play sessions.
3. Don’t allow your dog to walk on hot pavement (concert or asphalt). Not only can the pavement burn their paws but the heat rising can cause a dog to overheat.
4. Provide fresh drinking water.
5. If your dog is outside for any length of time in warm weather encourage your dog to play in a swimming pool, sprinkler system, or hose your dog with cool water. Be sure your dog has access to complete shade.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG OR ANY PET IN A PARKED CAR!