The science is unequivocal; your dog is good for your health. Dogs make us feel good, improve health markers, and yes, help us get more exercise. They are our running buddies and our hiking companions – and they typically push us to workout harder and longer.
But it’s important to remember that our dogs aren’t always superheroes. They can, and do, get tired too.
As the summer approaches and temperatures heat up, it’s much easier for our dogs to overheat. There are many factors that can make a dog more susceptible to heat exhaustion, including age, physical condition, breed, coat type, etc., and overheating can come on fast and strong if you aren’t watching for it.
Keep your dog safe by familiarizing yourself with the signs of heat exhaustion below.
Know all the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
- Excessive panting
- Dry or pale gums due to lack of oxygen
- Deep and rapid breathing
- Increased drooling
If you notice any of these signs, get them to a colder place as soon as possible, and cool their body down with a wet cloth or by submerging them in cool water (not ice water). If you have ice packs, try laying your dog down in a cool area and placing the ice packs behind his/her ears.
For preventive tips on how to keep your dog cool in the hot temperatures, read this blog here.
And if you want to always be able to monitor your dog’s temperature to keep them safe in the sun, check out the Wagz smart dog collar with temperature alerts for a safe, dog-filled summer outdoors.