Heat Stroke in Dogs | Living the Country Life

Heat Stroke in Dogs

Help your dog cool off in the summer heat.

Summer is a great time for cookouts, fun, and sun. With the summer heat come dangers for our pets. Dr. Andrea Walters, a veterinarian pursuing specialization in emergency and critical care at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, explains what heat stroke is and how to prevent it.

According to Dr. Walters, animals can overheat from an increase in environmental temperature or from too much exercise. One environment in particular accounts for more cases of heat stroke in pets than any other cause: being left in a hot car. Pets should never be left unattended in a car, even if it is just warm outside, as the temperature in a car can rise drastically in a matter of minutes.

“Heat stroke occurs when an animal’s body temperature increases so much that the temperature cannot be regulated properly and brought back down,” says Dr. Walters. “Dogs don’t sweat like people do. Instead, they pant to cool themselves down.”

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