8 Signs That Your Dog Is Suffering From Heat Exhaustion
During the hot summer months, your dog probably enjoys long walks outside, jumping in and out of the local pond or ocean coast, or just simply hanging around the yard. It is a fun time and because the weather is so nice most dogs prefer to be outside where all of the excitement is at! However, there is one unique danger that a lot of dog owners do not think of when the temperatures become extremely hot, and that is heatstroke or heat stress.
When people are vigorously active outdoors during the summertime when the weather is hot, they do not have to think twice about going inside to cool off or stopping what they are doing in order to replenish bodily fluids with lots of water. But dogs on the other hand, have a habit of being so involved with whatever they are doing outside that they may go long periods of time without hydration and without stopping to cool off.
The wether is usually on the cooler/rainy side here. We are in a hot spell ( well, for us anyway) of 80's and 90's . Mine are indoor dogs only, but they do love playing outdoors on cool days. I have seen dogs left in cars in the store parking lot, or standing in the hot bed of a pick-up while the owners are doing whatever. I can not believe that they are so careless with their pets. My dogs do not take the heat well. Being a Brachycephalic breed, i have to be even more careful to protect them from overheating. A gal on one of my frenchie forums, just lost her English Bulldog because she left him in a car, along with her Frenchie, while she stopped to eat dinner ! They had just attended a meet-up and the dog had two overheating episodes already that day. She should have took him home immediately. But now, through her own stupidy and selfishness, the dog is gone. She is lucky that she didnt lose them both. I wish people would be as concerned about their pets as the are of themselves. If it is hot to us, the dogs are cooking. Thanks for posting that Wiley. Hopefully it will save an animals life.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Thanks Wiley, Not sure how a puggle handles heat, but have heard that Pugs don't like it. We keep Rocky in when we are not home and the house is air conditioned. When we go out and sit if its under 90 we make sure his bowl of water goes with us.
good info. kuma HATES the heat. and where we live, we can definitely call it heat (it went up to 120 a few days ago). i'll leave him out for a few minutes to go potty and he'll be scratching at the door to come back inside.
My dog loves to be outside, she doesn't want to miss a thing LOL Whenever we swim, we let her jump in the pool with us, Angel absolutely loves to swim :) Angel likes to play with her toys outside, and chase after things, I normally have to go out their to drag her inside for a bit, but after a few hours in the house and air conditioning, she is at the door ready to do something else. Angel likes to fall asleep in the sun on a lawn chair LOL She likes to be inside sometimes, but if were not around, she gets really board and would much rather be outside. But if it was 90-100 degrees out she will only go outside for potty brakes, swimming and a round of fetch and sometimes walks :) I love the outdoors myself!!!
Thanks I live in florida so that is very useful. We have had way to many news stories of babbies and toddlers dieing in cars. It is SOOOO sad and irresponsable of there parents. One time my mom went to the store there was a small dog in someones car. The windows were up and it was in the 90,s out side. 20 mins later when she came out of the story the dog was still in there. My mom was giving it 10 more mins before she broke the window. Finaly the owner came my mom almost punched her but held back. She is as baig as in animal lover as me my dad say that were i get it from plus the fact that when i came home there were 2 dogs there already LOL.
We are in Arizona and it's really hot here last time I actually looked at the temp it was 118F. For our house we shift our waking and working hours to earlier in the morning for breakfast and walks then take a nap during the hotest part of the day. All the dogs are inside and don't like to go out untill at least 5pm in the summer. It's also tough to get them to eat when it's hot so you end up feeding second meal late at night and this means a potty trip out or two durring the night. :( Oh well so much for beauty rest, LOL!
Anyone who leaves any breed of dog outside all summer long here should spend a day outside with them or locked in a car for that matter. It's just rediculous!
My dogs when it gets 85 are miserable and we automatically have them inside. Funny, it can be 20 degrees with 4 feet of snow and heaven help us if we try and bring them in, they LOVE it. But the heat.... miserable.