You meant well
when you decided to bring your dog with you on that hot
summer day. And you only meant to run into the store for a
inside a car can soar to over 150 degrees in a matter of
minutes, turning the inside of the car into an oven. Leaving
your dog in a poorly ventilated car, with the windows
partially open will probably result in heatstroke, a
life-threatening condition that can be avoided. LEAVE YOUR
DOG HOME ON A HOT SUMMER DAY!
But beware –
heatstroke doesn’t only happen in a car. It can also happen
right in your own backyard, just by leaving your dog outside
in the blazing sun with no access to shelter or shade. If
your dog must be outside, make sure there is plenty of water
available as well as a shady area where it can go to get out
of the sun.
breathing through the mouth
gums or purple tongue
You must act
immediately to bring the dog’s body temperature down,
cooling it from the inside out. Move the dog inside or to a
cooler, shady area and get it some cool (not cold) water to
drink. If water is not available, let it lick ice cubes or
ice cream – not chocolate ice cream!
If the dog is
unable to drink or is unconscious, DO NOT attempt to pour
water down its throat.
You don’t want
to add choking to this medical emergency. Apply cool water
all over its body.
packs wrapped in a washcloth or towel to the top of its
head, back of its neck and chest. DO NOT wrap the dog in a
wet towel or blanket – this traps the heat next to the dog’s
body. Get the dog to the vet as soon as possible.
Heatstroke ALWAYS requires immediate veterinary attention.
Call them in advance to alert them of the emergency you are