As much fun as it is to enjoy the outdoors in the summertime, warm weather can be dangerous or even deadly for your dog. So if you plan to take your canine out and about with you when it's hot outside, you should definitely learn the signs your dog is overheated, as well as how to help them. It's not always obvious if your furry friend needs your help, so being as prepared as possible is step one in making sure everyone has a great time playing outside.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the summer months can make your dog miserable. If the weather outside feels hot to you, it definitely feels even hotter to your dog. To prevent overheating, the association recommends you not take your dog outside during the hottest times of the day, allow access to shade and cool water, and ask your veterinarian if you should give your pooch a summer hair cut to help them beat the heat. The American Veterinary Medical Association also reminds pet owns to never leave a dog unattended in a vehicle, as temperatures can reach unsafe levels in a matter of minutes.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, symptoms of heat exhaustion can come on quickly and be deadly if left untreated. Dogs can have a tendency to overdo things to the point of heat exhaustion in the summer, so you should watch your pet for signs of overheating like collapsing, fast breathing, red or blue gums, and vomiting. If your dog gets overheated, the Humane Society of the United States advises moving them to a cool place, letting them drink small amounts of water, and applying ice packs or cool water. As always, call your veterinarian if you think they need medical attention or their condition doesn't improve.
For more on these and other signs your dog is overheated, and what to do if it happens, read on: