Heat Stroke is very real, especially here in Arizona, when the summer months just seem to be getting hotter. The good news is that there are several things you can do to prevent heat stroke from happening to your dog. Heat stroke is best prevented by avoiding the following risk factors and closely observing your dog. If you are hot so is your dog. Remember our dogs will always try to please us. Consequently, watch closely and do not ask your dog to exercise or play hard on hot humid days.
1. Pay Attention to the heat and humidity in your area.
2. Never leave a dog in a parked car or other closed compartments, even with the windows open or cracked.
3. At very high temperatures, keep pets indoors and limit outside exposure as much as possible.
4. Take walks and other outdoor activities during the coolest times of day, like the very early morning or very late evening.
5. Don't leave dogs alone outdoors in the heat. Heatstroke can occur in less than 30 minutes, even with access to water and shade.
If you suspect heat stroke, stop all activity and walk or carry your dog to a cool, shaded area with good air circulation. If the symptoms do not improve quickly and you are unable to take your dog’s temperature take your dog to your veterinarian immediately.