Here are a few things you can do to stay cool:
- Always have plenty of fresh drinking water available for your dog.
- Never leave your dog alone in a hot car.
- Come inside and cool down in the air conditioner or with a fan.
- If air conditioning isn't an option, find some shade.
- Avoid hot pavement outside, it can burn your dog's paws.
- Take a swim to cool down!
I'm sure you've heard it all before. But these simple dog safety tips for Summer really can be a life saver. So what do you do if you think your dog is already overheating? During a time like this, veterinary care is extremely important. If you can't reach a veterinarian in a timely manner, here are some things you can do first.
- Take your dog's temperature rectally (in the butt). All you need is a digital thermometer and a little bit of lube. Anything more than 103.5 may be cause for concern. Normal temperature for a dog ranges anywhere from 99.5 - 102.5 degrees.
- If your dog's temperature is high, try cooling them down inside with air conditioning and a cool fan.
- Wet their paws and ear flaps with rubbing alcohol.
- Surround them with ice packs placed under a towel or blanket.
- Get your dog wet. Put them in the tub with cool water. Never use ice cold water to cool your dog down with in an emergency.
- Monitor their temperature to make sure it's going down.
- If your dog becomes unconscious, seek veterinary treatment immediately and perform CPR.
These are all things that a veterinarian might try to cool your dog down too. On top of these steps, they may also give them a bolus of intravenous fluids which can really help lower their temperature. They will also be prepared to perform emergency CPR if necessary.
Remember to be safe this Summer when you're out with your furry friends! No one wants a fun time to end in tragedy.
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