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Summer is here and responsible dog owners need to be extra careful that our 4-legged kids don’t suffer from heatstroke.




A few years ago, we took Bernice for a casual walk.  It was about 80 degrees and there was a nice cool breeze.  We didn’t think about the heat because it didn’t seem very hot to us.  When we got home, Bernice was starting to turn red and had hives all over her belly.  I thought she brushed up against poison oak (or was allergic to something on the walk) so I immediately rushed her to the emergency room.  The Vet told me she was suffering from Heatstroke.  I couldn’t believe it.  It didn’t seem that warm out and we only walked about a mile.


Things to look for in regards to Heatstroke:

–       Vomiting

–       Collapse

–       Staring

–       An anxious expression

–       Warm/Hot/Dry Skin

–       Unresponsive to commands and environment

–       Fast heartbeat

–       Dark red gums

–       High fever

–       Drooling

–       Weakness

–       Lethargy

–       Excessive/Exaggerated Panting

–       Red skin

–       Hives


If you think your dog may have heatstroke, go to the vet or emergency room immediately.   dog heatstroke


In the warmer weather, keep your dogs hydrated, in the shade, out of hot cars (even if you park in the shade) and be extra aware of their behavior.  This is especially for dogs with short snouts like such as Pugs and French/English Bulldogs.


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