Summer is here and that means we are probably going to spend a lot of time outside with our family and pets. According to the World Wildlife Organization, climate change is here and that means summers are going to be hotter and drier than we are used to. Somehow we need to adjust to the new realities and be careful when spending alot of time outdoors. In this article, we want to focus on our furry friends and warning signs of heat exhaustion in dogs.
Walking Dogs in Heat
Dogs do not sweat like us and it can be really difficult for them to cool down, especially on a hot summer day. Heat exhaustion in dogs can be mild, where it is possible for them to recover in a few hours. Or it can be severe when heat stroke might lead to permanent organ damage.
Here are some warning signs to help you recognize that your pup is overheating.
- Excessive panting
- Bright red gums
- Loss of consciousness
If you notice any of these signs do not immerse your pup in freezing cold. Just wet a few towels with cool water and put it over your dog. Try to give them a little bit of water to drink. If you see your pup not doing well visit your local vet clinic.
How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion in Dogs
As pet parents, we want the best for our furry babies so the best we can do is follow a few simple tips to protect them from the heat.
- Exercise with your dog early in the morning or late at night, when the weather is cooler
- Be more conscious about dogs that are obese, older or suffering from cardiac or respiratory conditions.
- Always take cool water with you on a walk
- Stop often in the shade, so your pup can rest and chill
- Do not leave your animals in a car on hot days
There is nothing more enjoyable than spending time with our loved ones. Summer is the best time for adventures and outdoor activities like camping with dogs. Keep your pup safe and enjoy this sunny season together!