Don’t let your dog get too hot!

Well, summer is almost here. And if it’s anything like last year, it will be another hot one! Extremely hot weather can be a problem for humans, but it’s an even worse problem for our dogs.

Please ensure that you keep an eye on your dogs. Watch out for signs of stress or heat stroke – when the dog loses its ability to regulate its temperature. And never, ever leave a dog in a car!

Remember, dogs are not like us. They are  more likely to suffer from heat stroke because they don´t sweat. The only way a dog can cool down is by panting. The respiratory tract may not be able to cool the dog’s body quickly enough and this results in heat stroke.

Heat stroke can result in the dog hyperventilating and this can be very dangerous. Other symptoms include excessive panting, increased salivation, a high pulse rate, diarrhoea and vomiting.

You can reduce the risk of overheating by ensuring that your dog stays out of direct sunlight. Also, make sure they always have access to fresh, cool drinking water.

If the above symptoms persist, take your dog straight to the vet.

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