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Heat Stress in Dogs

Summer is here and the heat can overtake your pet before you know it. Be aware of signs of heat stress in your pup, and know what to do if it happens.

Signs of heat stress: 
-Excessive panting
-Stumbling
-Unable to cool down with rest and shade
-Temperature over 103 degrees

To reduce body temp:
-Submerge dog in cool (not cold) water, indoor tub is ideal, but hose or pool will do in emergency
-Keep head elevated 
-Allow dog to drink water

If temperature doesn’t drop rapidly, get veterinary attention. Heat stroke can cause internal organ damage and is life threatening.

Some dogs, especially working dogs, will play/fetch/run until it is too late, be aware of climate and STOP dog before he/she gets too hot. Being aware will lead to a safe and happy summer!

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