The weather is getting hot, hot, hot; and while we want to spend as much time as possible outside in the fenced-in yard playing with our pets, we need to remember that our furry friends are wearing fur coats. Heat stroke in dogs is common in the summertime and happens when the body temperature exceeds 103 degrees F. Here are the signs of heat exhaustion in dogs and what to do about it:
Dogs that are outside for too long may slow movements or stop all together. They may even be panting, but not because they are happy. Here are the signs of heat stroke in dogs:
- Dry gums
- Decreasing urination
- Loss of appetite
- Drooping eyes
If pets appear to be suffering from any of these signs, they may be overheating. Be sure to bring pets inside and give them plenty of fresh drinking water. Spraying dogs with water hoses or offering them a kid swimming pool can help them stay cool during the hot summer days.
It's worth noting that dogs with short snouts or overweight pups are more likely to get heat stroke.
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