With summer on its way we are looking forward to more outdoor activity with our dogs, but what can we do to keep them safe?
Be aware of the signs of heatstroke. A dog with heatstroke will show several signs including rapid panting with a bright red, and sometimes swollen tongue, red or pale gums, thick, sticky saliva, depression, weakness, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, shock, or coma.
If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, check his temperature rectally. It should be between 100 and 102.5 F. A dog with a body temperature over 104 is suffering from moderate heat stroke. Dogs with temperatures over 106 are suffering from acute heatstroke and MUST be transported to the vet immediately.