Summer Dog Care: Learn How To Prevent Canine Heat Stroke And Much More Posted on June 27, 2012 by Michael Dog care has been big news after the first heat wave, and this seems like the perfect time to talk about summer care for dogs. From canine heat stroke to water intoxication, and more, there are many things to be alert for at this time of year. Here’s what you need to know. Canine Cooling System: Simply, our companions sweat very little, and only through the pads on their paws. For the most part, they cool down by panting. What does this mean? When the air is hotter than their normal temperature (around 38 degrees celcius), they can not cool down by panting. This is why summer dog care is so important to prevent canine heat stroke. It’s also why parked cars, hot pavement, and lack of shade are such a deadly threat. Care For Dogs In Hot Weather: So what can you do to keep your companion happy and healthy when the temperature’s rising? Do your outside time in the cooler part of the day; early morning and evenings. Whether it’s walking, going to the dog park, playing fetch, or training, keep an eye on the thermometer. In the heat of the day is a good time for being inside with the air conditioning. No air conditioning available? Playing in cool water like the sprinkler or a body of water is a great way to keep cool. Heat stroke danger signs to watch for: bright red tongue, thick saliva, vomiting, unsteady. Water Is Important, Too: Keeping lots of fresh water available is a must any time, but even more so in summer. Care for dogs that spill and splash their drinking water by freezing blocks of ice, and leaving that out for them, so it lasts all day. When you travel, make sure you have a supply of water for your companion, as well as yourself. Just as dangerous as canine heat stroke, is water intoxication. Yes, you read that right! Playing fetch in the water, or playing with the hose, can result in your companion getting extremely ill from too much water. Good dog care practices are to take a break from water play every 10 minutes. Dehydration warning signs: skin is no longer elastic (the fold on the back doesn’t spring back when you pull it up), dry or sticky gums. Water Intoxication symptoms: stumbling, uncoordinated, too much drooling, eyes are glazed or pupils dilated. The best care for dogs is being aware, and watchful, for any signs of distress. No one knows your companion as well as you. Remember that when temperatures climb in the high 30’s, they can’t cool down by sweating. Parked cars, hot pavement, lack of shade, are all deadly dangerous. Change your routine to avoid exercise in the heat of the day and stay by the air conditioning. Be aware of the signs of canine heat stroke, dehydration, and water intoxication. Summer dog care is easy, once you know what to watch for. Michael Orrbrooke Michael Orrbrooke is the President and CEO of Bark & Fitz and has been since 2007. Husband, father, and pet parent, he prides himself on his love of animals. He brings that commitment and respect to all Bark & Fitz guests, be they human, canine, or feline. Much of his time is devoted to researching the advancements in healthy pet foods, seeing it as a natural progression of what is happening with human nutrition. Uncompromising in his approach to guests and their parents, the highest value is placed on uniqueness and quality for all products; from food to gear, toys to treats, grooming to healthcare. Pet parent to Poppy, a 3 ½ year old Blue Picardy Spaniel, a breed that is well known for their field ability, gentle nature, intelligence, and willingness to please, she’s sure to feature regularly on the blog. Michael is passionate about all aspects of pet healthcare and encourages all pet parents to give their companions the very best.