It is that time of year again! The summer! Of course it gets hot! Keep your dog cool!

Here are some things to look out for…

  • Seizures
  • Panicked look & Glassy eyes
  • High body temperature
  • Racing heart beat
  • Staggering or collapsing
  • Red, purple, or blue gums & tongue
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Heavy Panting

A dog’s normal body temperature is between 38.3C – 39.2C
At 43C a dog’s organs begin to shut down.

What should you do if your dog is in danger of heat stroke?

  • Move the dog out of direct sunlight
  • Place the dog on top of wet towels
  • Do not cover the dog with towels
  • Place the dog in front of a fan
  • Offer small amounts of tepid water
  • Add a pinch of salt into the dog’s water to help replace any lost minerals from drooling
  • Vigorously massage the dog’s legs – get the circulation moving whilst lowering the risk of shock
  • Apple tepid to cool water to paw pads, chest, and underarms

BIG TIP” NEVER leave your dog in a car!