It is hot and just getting hotter as the summer wears on and we hear a lot of talk about leaving pets in cars and know how deadly that can be. Dogs that are kept outside are also at risk of heat sickness, and these are some signs to watch for.
An outside dog doing a lot of barking could be a sign of distress, and if the dog suddenly goes silent it is more than likely too late. Besides that, here are a few more things to look for…
- If your dog’s tongue is long and flared out.
- Your dog will be on the hunt for shade and reluctant to walk.
- Their pupils will be huge. If you can’t see the color of their eyes that’s a red flag.
- Their gum’s will also turn bright red.
- Heavy Panting
- Excessive Drooling
- Fast and/or irregular heartbeat
If you find that your dog has overheated, get it into a bathtub as quickly as possible and cover them with cool, water… NOT COLD. After cooling them down, rush them to a Veterinarian’s office.
Make sure your dog has plenty of food, water, and shelter from the sun.