Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

With an Excessive Heat Watch issued for our area we wanted to give you some tips on how to prevent your pet from becoming over heated or becoming a victim of heat stroke.

Here are the 6 top tips you can use:

1. When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. Being so close to the ground can heat their body quickly and is also an invitation for burns on sensitive paw pads. Keep walks to a minimum.
2. Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut can help prevent overheating, but never shave to the skin. Dogs need one inch of protection to prevent sunburns.
3. Provide access to fresh water at all times. Make certain an outside dog has access to shade and plenty of cool water.
4. Restrict exercise when temperatures soar, and do not muzzle your dog because it inhibits their ability to pant.
5. Many dogs enjoy a swim, splashing in a wading pool, or a run through a sprinkler in warmer weather. This can help bring body temperatures down.
6. Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even if you park in the shade or plan to be gone for only a few minutes. The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes, often in excess of 140 degrees. That quick errand can turn into a disaster and could be fatal for your pet.

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