Summer is a week away, but here in San Antonio it feels like we’re already in the middle of it! While the thermometer continues to climb and we trade in our jeans and boots for shorts and flip flops it is important to remember that your dog doesn’t have that luxury!
Summer time can be dangerous for dogs if you are not aware of the dangers of canine heat strokes.
Why Dogs Overheat Easily
Dogs do not sweat like you and I do, instead they use panting. While panting helps it is not as effective at regulating their body temperature and therefore they often struggle with issues from overheating. If your dog is excessively panting and showing signs of discomfort, it may be time you take action.
Symptoms of Overheating/Heat Stroke in Dogs by Pet Education
- Rapid panting
- Bright red tongue
- Red or pale gums
- Thick, sticky saliva
- Vomiting – sometimes with blood
How To Prevent a Heatstroke in Dogs:
- Do not leave your dog in the car, even if you’ll only be gone for a few minutes
- Always give your dog access to water, do not force your dog to drink they could choke
- Cool off your dog by wetting them down, swimming and ice packs can help too
- Do not go for a run in the heat of the day
- Do not stand on hot reflective materials like asphalt or concrete
- Always have access to shade
Summer is such a fun season and should be enjoyed by all – even our four legged best friends. Stay cool this summer and keep your pup healthy and happy!
At Pawderosa Ranch, our ranchers are required to take a break for relaxation and naps in the air conditioning once it’s reached a certain temperature outside. We keep our older ranchers and our short nose breeds inside extra long. We love your dog and are prepared to beat the heat with expert staff who know how to prevent, spot and treat overheating and heat strokes in dogs.