Keeping our dogs safe from the heat

With the beginning of summer right around the corner, it's bound to heat up! The last thing we want is for our beloved furry friends to have any heat related emergencies. Dogs don't have the ability to sweat like we do. They only sweat on places not covered by fur, such as their paw pads and noses. Because of this, they rely on panting to cool their bodies down. 

Heatstroke can occur from overexertion in hot temps, being left in a hot car and from just walking on hot pavement. A dogs normal body temperature is 101.5..a degree up or down is normal. But anything more than that in either direction is definitely cause for concern. It takes as little as 10 minutes inside a parked car to become deadly. That's why we should know the signs for heat exhaustion so we can act appropriately. 

The signs include:

- Heavy, rapid panting

- Salivating

- Glassy-eyed expression

- Anxiety and restlessness

- Confusion

- Exhaustion or fatigue

- Bright red or blue/purple gums

- Vomiting or diarrhea

- Collapse

If your dog is overheated, move your pet to a shaded or air-conditioned area. Use cool water, NOT ice cold water OR ice (it constricts the blood vessels and traps heat) on your dogs belly, particularly the groin area. If you have a thermometer, take a temp so you can give an accurate account to your vet. Offer cool water to your dog, but don't force it to drink. Call your veterinarian or emergency clinic and let them know your on your way. 

Let's enjoy the warmer weather while keeping our pets safe and healthy!