Playing It Cool: Preventing (and Recognising) Heatstroke in Pets

berks-iStock_000064735487_Large (1)If our weather forecast predicts lots of sun and scattered showers, it’s time to think about hot weather pet safety and the deadly condition known as heat stroke. While the combination of high temperatures and humidity makes everyone want to lay low somewhere cool, our enthusiastic pets want to please us and they may keep playing beyond “hot”, to too hot.

A dog’s ability to cool himself or herself via sweating is very limited (dogs only have sweat glands in their noses and paws), so panting – which cools by passing dry air over wet tongue and mouth tissues – is almost the only way a dog can get rid of excess internal heat. Unfortunately, if your pet is exercising when both heat and humidity are high, even panting won’t help much. Continue…