It is just as common for dogs to get overheat in the summer months as it is for humans. When we overheat, our bodies shut down, we feel weak, heart rate spikes, we get sweaty and even blurred vision can occur. These symptoms can also happen if your dog spends too much time in the sun.
Since dogs can’t express how they are feeling, it is your job, as the owner, to know the warning signs of overheating. You will recognize that your dog needs a cool down if they are excessively panting, drooling, have an increased heart rate, are weak, have a seizure, vomit or have bloody diarrhea. If those symptoms occur, it is vital to get your dog into a cool space, provide plenty of water and rest. Contacting your veterinarian is also wise.
There are steps you can take to prevent your beloved dog from overheating. The starting point is to make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations, as well as obtaining a prescription for fleas and ticks. Nasty pests and insects tend to multiple and become an annoyance and danger for your dog during the summer months.
Summertime grooming 101: never completely shave your dog. In doing so, you are putting your dog at a high risk for sunburn. If you live near water, let your pup join in the fun and splash around to keep cool. A plastic baby pool is also a great idea. Just a little bit of water is all a dog or puppy will need to cool down.
Check out the infographic below for more information and tips to keep your dog safe and happy during summer’s grueling heat.