Overheating and Your Pet

Dogs are important companions and members of the family. You want to take good care of your dogs, and one of the most important things you can do as a pet owner is making sure your dogs do not overheat during the warmest parts of the year. Overheating can be quite harmful to your dog, and you must be attentive and look for the signs when you and your pet are outside.

Four Signs Your Dog Is Overheating

Here are the key signs your dog is becoming overheated.

  1. Excess Panting and Drooling: When your dog is too hot, they will pant during regular non-stressful activities such as walking. Excess drooling is another sign your dog is too hot as drooling is used to disperse heat. If your dog is drooling far more than usual, the heat is possibly an issue.
  2. Rapid Breathing: A sudden, rapid increase in breathing is an apparent sign your dog is too hot. Deep rapid breathing is your dog trying to inhale more air and cool their body temperature.
  3. Behavior Issues: Overheating can greatly affect your dog’s behavior, and the following issues can be a sign your dog has become too hot. These include your dog becoming lethargic, having issues standing up, having problems walking, and in extreme cases, sudden collapsing.
  4. Throwing Up: An effect of overheating is that it causes dehydration. When your dog is dehydrated, they can start throwing up as a side effect, and diarrhea can also occur.

What To Do If Your Dog Overheats

If your dog is showing signs of overheating, the following tips should help answer the question of what should if I do if my dog is overheating.

  • If your dog is showing signs of overheating, you should get them into a cooler area as soon as possible. This can include the shade, indoors, or returning home. No matter your choice or available option this should be done immediately to reduce the impact of the heat.
  • Once indoors, you can further assist your dog in cooling-off by using fans and giving them cool water to drink. A pet thermometer can also prove useful to check to see if your dog is too hot and let you know when their temperature has returned to normal. Once your dog’s temperature is within a normal range (commonly 103 degrees F), you can stop cooling them.
  • Rubbing cool water through your dog’s fur can cool them off and reduce the effects of the heat. Do note the water should be cool, not cold, as cold water can cause health issues.

The summer can be dangerous to your dog; however, by paying attention to their needs, taking precautions, and caring for them if they get too hot, you can keep your pet safe in the heat.