With nice weather, we are more inclined to walk or run our dogs outside. While exercise is great, even short stints can become deadly on a very hot day. Likewise, we tend to leave our dogs outside in the yard to play. If there is no shade or access to water, dogs can overheat and are susceptible to heat stroke. Don’t fall for the guilt trip your pet gives you while leaving the house. Cars reach 100+ degrees in mild, warm weather and can have the same harmful effects.
Ways To Prevent Heat Stroke:
- Take breaks on walks and runs or shorten the distance
- Have water and shade access at all times
- Never leave a dog in the car for any duration of time
Signs Of Heat Stroke:
- Heavy panting
- Increased body temperature
- Vomiting/Bloody vomiting
- Diarrhea/Bloody diarrhea
- Wobbly gait
- Abnormal mentation
- Coagulation abnormalities
- Organ damage
- Cardiac and respiratory arrest
If any of these signs are noted, seek veterinary care for your pet immediately. If we can help in any way, please contact Charlotte Animal Referral and Emergency!