Top 10 Tips to Avoid Heatstroke

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  1. Know the symptoms of early heat stroke: unanticipated restlessness, excessive heavy panting, drooling, weakness, and confusion.
  2. Never leave your dog in the car on a sunny, hot, or humid day.
  3. Buy an inexpensive kiddie pool and fill it with cool water.
  4. Avoid the beach and pavement when the sun is out—paw pads can burn.
  5. Always provide access to shade and fresh water.
  6. Wrap a freezer pack in a towel and let your dog lie next to it.
  7. Avoid being active with your dog during the peak heat of the day.
  8. Use fans. Dogs depend on evaporation for cooling off.
  9. Play it safe on hot, humid days—use air conditioning.
  10. Freeze an ice treat—beef or chicken broth make great frozen snacks.

Know the signs of heatstroke and how to treat them so you and your dog can safely enjoy warmer temperatures.

References: Dr. Bo Bergman, DVM, West Mountain Animal Hospital, Vermont, and Orvis.

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5 Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

Heat can affect dogs differently than humans. It’s important that you can tell when your pup is in danger. Dr. Madeline Fellin explains the signs of heat stroke, as well as what you can do to help your dog cool down.