Anytime the weather is over 70 degrees, your dog is at risk for heatstroke.
Our canine friends have fur and cannot sweat like us. Dogs can only expel heat through their feet, and by panting.
If you exercise your dog above 70 degrees he/she should have constant access to water, not only that he can drink but also the kind he can submerge himself in to cool his body temperature.
Monitor your dog closely.
Heatstroke begins with heavy panting and difficulty breathing. The tongue and mucus membranes appear bright red. Saliva becomes thick and dogs can have bloody diarrhea. The temperature can climb to 104 degrees very quickly and will become life-threatening.
Carry a rectal thermometer.
Take your dog’s temperature with a rectal thermometer every 10 minutes until it is normal. Normal body temperature for your dog is between 101 and 102.5 degrees. Anything over 103 is abnormal and needs to be cooled.
We can all enjoy our canine pals in the summer with a few precautions and attention!!
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DOGS!!!
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DOG!!