Prevent Canine Heatstroke


Summer is a great time of year for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. Whether a hike along a trail, a trip to the beach, mountains, or a stroll through the neighborhood, you’ll want to be sure to take precautions to keep your dog safe nd prevent canine heatstroke


Here’s a few tips to help you keep your dog safe during the warm summer months.


First and foremost, NEVER leave your dog alone in a car, even with the windows open. Parked cars, trucks or any vehicle can rapidly become a oven on a hot summer day, over heating and even killing your dog.


 In California, where we live it is now illegal to leave your dog in a hot car.


“SB 1806 makes it a crime for a person to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle in a way that endangers the well-being of the animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering or death…”


 It is of little help to parking in the shade as temperatures inside a vehicle will still rise, especially as the sun will shift

direction throughout the day.



  Watch this short video message from Bob Barker



Be on the alert for heatstroke. Heatstroke is an emergency condition that manifests itself through symptoms such as:


1. Panting

2. Looking ahead with a blank expression

3. Nervous expression

4. Will not respond to commands

5. Dry, hot skin

6. Fever

7. Fast heartbeat

8. Vomiting

9. Collapse



If you suspect heatstroke call a veterinarian immediately, then apply wet cool towels to the hairless areas of the body. This may help lower your dog’s temperature and give you precious time to get to a veterinarian.


Even if your dog responds you must go to the vet as a relapse is quite common and can be fatal if not properly treated.


No matter where you live, it’s a crime or should be to abuse your pooch by risking his life. Check with your local legislators and humane societies and see if your state has such a law.


If not, ask your local lawmakers to sponsor one and refer them to the California Code as an example. You may help save the lives of dogs and other pets in years to come.


Keep fresh cold water and a clean dish handy for your dog whenever you take him outdoors during the summer.


Don’t insist that your dog do any strenuous exercise after eating in hot humid weather. The best time of day for exercise is in the early morning

 or evening, and keep walks to a minimum, especially if your dog is not  in shape.


Never let your dog stand on hot pavement or asphalt. Any dog can get hot in a flash causing sensitive paw pads to burn


Monitor your dog's sun exposure. Dogs can suffer from sunburn, especially short-haired dogs and those with pink skin and/or white hair. Use sun block on his ears and nose a half hour before going outside.


When visiting the beach, ask the lifeguard about water conditions and whether there are jellyfish and sea lice, which can be dangerous to dogs.


Be careful not to allow your pooch to drink too much ocean or pool water which can make him ill.


Salt and other sea minerals can cause damage to Fido’s coat. Make sure to rinse him off with fresh water after any dip in the ocean.


Never throw your dog into the water.


Most dogs can swim, but not all. Perform a test to see if he can swim by standing close to your dog in shallow water and calling him. Observe his actions. If he swims with all four legs he is on the right track.


If he is paddling with only his front legs give him some help and help him float until he gets the idea and begins to use all four legs.


 Be wary of his swimming too much and becoming overtired. This is not something he does every day !


 Make sure your dog wears a flotation device or life jacket when on a boat.


Make sure that there are no open, unscreened windows or doors in your home through which animals can fall or jump.

Keep your dog away from any area that may have been treated with insecticides or may have a residue of coolant or other vehicle sourced chemicals.

Here’s a short list of plants which are highly poisonous to dogs and can be fatal. We’ve noted some of the most prevalent symptoms. If you suspect your dog may have been poisoned, call your veterinarian without delay !



· Azalea- vomiting, diarrhea, hyper salivation, weakness, coma.


· Crocus - Excessive salivation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, convulsions, seizures.


· Rhododendron Vomiting, diarrhea, hyper salivation, weakness, coma.


· American Bittersweet - Weakness, convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea.


· Clematis -Vomiting, diarrhea, oral ulcers.


· Daffodil- Severe digestive disorders, convulsions, shivering, muscle tremors.


· Foxglove -Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure.


· Lily of the Valley- Vomiting.


· Narcissus- Digestive disorders, convulsions, shivering, muscle tremors.


· Morning Glory – Seeds can induce hallucination, diarrhea.


· Carry the phone number for your veterinarian and the ASPCA Animal

Poison Control Center at 1-888-4ANI-HELP. Call them immediately if you

think that your dog has ingested poison.


· Keep Fido brushed, groomed and clip heavy coats to ward off summer skin



· Ask your veterinarian to recommend a safe program to combat fleas and ticks

and whether a heartworm test is advisable


· Be certain that Fido has identification such as an ID tag best coupled with a



· Leashes are actually safety devices and can help prevent your dog from getting

hit by a car, being attacked by another dog or animal and being severely hurt.


· Make sure to keep a first aid kit for Fido handy in case an emergency arises.


· Keep Fido indoors. Dogs can overheat quickly even in shaded yards, so we

recommend keeping them indoors as a best option. Whenever your dog is in the

yard, be sure to monitor him closely.


Summer and every season can be full of fun and joy...but just a few moments of

carelessness can turn any day into one oftragedy and even death for your best




Here's wishing you and your dog a fun and safe summer and all year long !






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