3 Tell-Tale Signs Your Dog Is Suffering From Heat Exhaustion

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

July 14, 2015

Summertime is the best time. It’s a time for swimming at the beach, playing fetch at the park, and hanging your head out of the car window.


All these are tons of fun for the dog in your life, too, yet each one poses a unique threat to your pup if they can’t cool down when the temperature rises.


Dogs have a small number of sweat glands in their paw pads, but they exchange heat primarily through panting. Unfortunately, this isn’t always enough to combat increasingly high temperatures, and it’s your job to monitor them for signs of overheating.


These are 3 signs that things are starting to get dangerously hot for your dog:

1. Heavy panting, excessive drooling*


2. Rapid and heavy breathing *


3. Dry and pale gums*



If you suspect your dog may be suffering from extreme heat, move him immediately into an air-conditioned room and contact a vet right away.


To prevent the situation from getting dangerous in the first place, don’t let your dog overexert himself in a play session and always provide a shady spot or air-conditioned room for him to get out of the sun. Also, always have fresh drinking water available and never, ever, EVER leave your dog in a hot car.


Cooling mats are a great and easy option when you can’t beat the heat, and there’s always a little fun to be had with a number of hydro and freezer toys to keep play fun and safe in the summer.

As always, if you take the proper precautions to beat the heat, your summer-ruvin’ pup can chase frisbees and relax poolside as long his his heart desires.


*BarkPost has no reason to suspect the pups in these pictures are suffering from heat exhaustion. They all just had particularly cute drool, tongues, and gums. 🙂

H/t The Dodo, Featured Image via @kasia.laskarzewska /Instagram

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

July 14, 2015

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