They say this summer is going to be a hot one! Remember to keep your dogs cool – in a AC room or in a dog-safe pool with access to fresh water. Heat stroke is a danger and can be life threatening. Some signs of heat stroke are: dilated pupils, a dazed look, vomiting, excessive panting or loss of consciousness. If you suspect your dog may have heat stroke, pour cool water under their armpits and on the belly between the legs and bring him/her to a vet asap!
Any type of dog breed can get heat stroke, but some breeds are more susceptible such as short-faced breeds (Pugs, Shih-Tzu, Bulldogs etc.) and thick-coated breeds (Golden Retrievers, Huskies, Great Pyrenees, Collies, Shelties etc.). *For Collie owners, watch out for collie nose (nasal solar dermatitis).
It’s not a good idea to walk your dog on the hot pavement because it’ll burn their paws and small dogs can overheat. Excessive exercise should be avoided or kept to a minimum. If you walk your dogs, it’s best to walk them in the evening. If you decide to shave your dog with a summer cut, don’t cut the hair down to the skin. Fur is a natural protection against the sun and when it’s shaved off, the dog can overheat faster due to the sun beating down on the skin and even burning it. If you keep your dog outside, make sure they have access to fresh water and shade.
Remember to keep your dogs cool this summer!