It's hotting up again here in the desert, so it's important to be aware and BEWARE of the dangers of overheating that can lead to fatal heatstroke in domestic pets. Seriously folks, this is a big deal.
Being left outside without adequate access to shade, or left in a car (even on a cool day!), and indeed even simply going for a walk in high heat and humidity, can all be disastrous for your dog.
Dogs regulate their body temperature through panting, so most snub-nosed breeds (bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, Pekingeses, etc.). are all at a significantly higher risk for heatstroke because their airways are smaller. Dark-coated and fat dogs are also at a higher risk. It's important, therefore, to be able to recognise the early symptoms of heatstroke: excessive panting, restlessness and distress. And if your dog continues to heat up, he'll start drooling large amounts of saliva from the nose and mouth, and may become unsteady on his feet. You may also notice his gums turning either bright red or blue in colour.
If you suspect overheating, early intervention is essential:
Heatstroke is a real issue, not just the "cry wolf" of scare mongers to make compelling news. So be aware, take care, and all will be fine. It is definitely possible for you and your dog to enjoy summer - just carefully, folks!
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