"I Hate Heat Stroke" - An infographic by The Preventive Vet

This summer has been a scorcher and it looks like the heat is here to stay for a little bit longer. For humans, if we get too hot we can easily find shade and get ourselves a glass of water. But for our pets, we are responsible for their safety and comfort. Dogs don't sweat like humans do, so when they're hot they tend to pant and release sweat through their paws and nose. When dogs can't cool down quickly enough, over-heating becomes a serious risk. Just to be safe, make sure to know and recognize the symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Excessive panting that can start and stop randomly
  • Excessive drooling or foaming of the mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of distress including (but not limited to) barking and whining

If your believe your pup is experiencing heat stroke and any of the following signs, it is crucial for you to act immediately and take your pup to the vet.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Confusion, lack of coordination, loss of consciousness
  • Very red gums
  • Uncontrolled tremors
  • Listless and very weak

To prevent heat stroke, we URGE owners to never, ever leave their pets in the car unattended. Even when the weather is pleasant outside, your car acts like an oven - the temperature can rise very quickly. This video from Red Rover Org shows us just how dangerous leaving a pet in the car can be.

Additionally, avoid rigorous exercise when it's too hot outside (we recommend doing this in the early morning or late evening), and never leave your pet outside without access to shade and water.