Heat stroke in our canine friends has become a more frequent problem in recent years, especially as we are hearing more and more about people leaving dogs in their cars during hot weather. Luckily, laws are changing across the country that will hopefully impact this occurrence. Even if you never leave your dog in the car, there are still things you can watch out for to help your dog stay happy and healthy in the summer.
Some basic facts on your dog’s health
- Older dogs, and those with weight issues, heart or breathing problems and short noses (like bulldogs) are more prone to heat related problems
- Yes, dogs pant, but they can also sweat through the pads on their feet, so avoid hot pavement
- Ideally, your dog,s internal temperature should be between 99.5 and 102.5 F. Heat stroke occurs when the temperature gets to over 103 F. If it gets as high as 108 F, it can be deadly. Plus, there is always the risk of danger to internal organs like swelling of the brain and kidney failure