The dog days of summer are here with temperatures hitting 100 degrees. It can be fun to get outside with your dog, but you have to be careful that your dog doesn’t overheat or incur heatstroke. As vendors, we do a number of outdoor events each summer and have seen dogs become very ill, and even pass away due to the heat.
Check the weather before you leave. If you’re driving from a cooler location early in the morning, check the temperature of where you’re going. If it’s going to be hot out stay home or leave your dog at home. It isn’t worth risking their life in the heat.
It also goes without saying, but whatever you do don’t leave your dog in the car. They get very hot very quickly.
Always make sure you bring cool water for your dog, and if you can, get them a good cooling coat to help them cool off.
Not all dogs are created equal. It’s important to know if your dog is more prone to overheating. Younger dogs, dogs with long hair, and brachial dogs are all much more likely to overheat. Brachial dogs are dogs with a flatter face such as pugs, boxers, and bulldogs.
Your dog’s temperature shouldn’t be above 103F, when it hits 106F or higher without any inflammation means that heatstroke is setting in in your dog. Since you probably don’t carry a thermometer around with you it’s important to be able to identify it setting in in your dog.
If you do find your dog overheating, taking the following steps could save your dog’s life.
Be careful not to cool your dog off too quickly. It may be tempting to put them in an ice bath but this can induce shock.