Dr. Madeline Fellin is a small-animal veterinarian in Butte, Montana.
Dehydration, overheating, and heat stroke can occur quickly in dogs, making some of our favorite summer activities quite dangerous. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when your dog’s body can no longer cool itself using normal mechanisms due to the high external temperatures. When your dog’s body is over 104 degrees, it is a major medical emergency, and you need to seek veterinary care as heat stroke can result in multiple organ failure and even death.
When adventuring with your dogs in the heat, it’s important to keep three things in mind: break, shade, and water.