In July, summer heat can reach a sweltering 100°F in some places which puts humans and their pets in danger of heat stroke. A dog suffering from heat stroke will have a body temperature above 103°F. What causes this is the high humidity and temperature outside which make panting ineffective at cooling down the dog.
To Avoid Heat Stroke Keep Your Dog Inside
So keep your dog inside the house because it is easier to control the temperature and humidity inside your home if you have air conditioning. In case you don’t have air conditioning, provide your dog with a shade outside using patio umbrellas or just build a DIY shade. Obviously you don’t have to build a shade if you have trees in your backyard.
Exercise and Water
Another protective measure is to take your dog for a walk early in the morning or in the evening hours when the sun is going down. You can let your dog rest in the middle of the day when it’s hottest outside. Make sure your pet has access to cool drinking water throughout the day. If temperatures rise in your home, drape a wet towel over your dog’s neck or under the dog’s limbs so that the dog can cool down faster. To encourage your dog to stay hydrated, freeze low sodium chicken broth and place it in a metal bowl full of water.
Avoid Car Travel
You may also have to avoid taking your dog for car rides because temperatures rise quickly in cars during hot days. There are numerous cases where dogs have died of heatstroke because they were confined in a parked vehicle in the middle of a hot summer day. Some people try to avoid this by having their pet ride in their truck beds. But these truck beds are made of metal which can burn a dog’s paw pads and increase their body temperature.
Dogs That Are Vulnerable To Summer Temperatures
Knowing what type of breed is more susceptible to heatstroke can help you plan adequately for summer months. Breeds that have a significant risk of heatstroke include Chow chow, Bulldog, French bulldog, French mastiff, Greyhound, Pug, English springer spaniel, Jindo and Golden retriever. The risk rises significantly for purebred dogs compared to crossbred dogs.
Talk to your veterinarian if you want more information about keeping dogs hydrated and how to treat dog’s that are in distress because of hot weather. Best to keep your dog cool and avoid the chance of heat stroke altogether!