Hot Summer Dangers: 5 Heatstroke Prevention Strategies Tips for Your Puppy

During the height of summer, the weather can be hazardous for your furry friend. With the following advice, you can protect your companion from the risk of heatstroke.

#1: Keep track of the weather

By keeping a close watch on the temperature and humidity, you can time your pet’s outdoor excursions during the day’s coolest hours. Early in the morning, before the sun and humidity have a chance to ascend, is the optimal time to exercise. The rest of the day should consist of brief restroom breaks and vigorous activities should be reserved for indoors.

#2: Encourage your pet to consume water

Some pets become so distracted and involved in outdoor activities that they forget to consume as much water as they should. Encourage your pet to drink more water by adding ice cubes to their water receptacle, purchasing a pet drinking fountain, or frequently replacing their water with clean, cool liquid.

#3: Seek some shade

Whether you’re lounging outside with your companion or taking a stroll around the neighborhood, seek shade to avoid overheating and burnt paws. Although your pet’s paw pads may appear to be impervious to damage, they are actually quite sensitive and can easily blister when strolling on scorching hot pavement.

#4: Provide additional care for canines with specific conditions

Certain health conditions or traits can increase your pet’s susceptibility to heatstroke. If any of the following apply to your furry friend, take extra precautions to prevent overheating:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Very young or very old
  • Dark- or thick-furred
  • Cardiac disease
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Endocrine imbalances

#5: Recognize the signs of imminent heatstroke

To prevent your pet’s heat stress or heat exhaustion from progressing into full-blown heatstroke, which can result in organ failure, be aware of the warning signs to look for. Early warning indications of your pet’s overheating include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Thick, ropey drool
  • Lethargy
  • Disorientation

If your companion continues to overheat without relief, they may experience vomiting, diarrhea, sudden collapse, or convulsions.

If your pet exhibits symptoms of heatstroke, calm them down and contact our team for further care.