Protect Your Dogs from Heatstroke

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Would you sit in a car or go jogging wearing a fur coat on a hot summer day? Dogs already have high body temperatures and when you add on a coat of fur, you can see why they're susceptible to heatstroke. They cool off only by panting, not sweating. Dr. Howard Schutzman, owner of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, a Diamond Certified company, says the first sign of overheating is rapid, frantic breathing. Wet your pets down with cool, not icy, running water. Moisten their mouths with water, but don't let them drink much. Find shade and apply ice packs to the groin area.

If your dog's temperature exceeds 104 degrees or if the animal starts vomiting, Dr. Schutzman recommends getting to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible. Prevent overheating by restricting exercise on hot days, providing plenty of water and shade, and not leaving animals in a confined space such as cars or outdoor kennels.