Summer is almost here which means exploring and hiking with your best friend! Here in Oregon, we love going out and exploring our numerous trails and hikes, enjoying and being out in nature. It’s fun to take our dogs with us! There are a few safety steps you should take for your pet while you are exploring together! The first one is to keep their body temperature in check.
1. Keep Body Temperature in Check
High temperatures can be dangerous for pets, so it’s important to watch for signs of heat stroke, a serious condition that can result in death if ignored. Dogs cool themselves off by panting, but if your pet is panting excessively, or seems distressed, weak, or dizzy, they could be suffering from heat stroke. Older and overweight pets, or those who have existing medical conditions, can be especially susceptible.
If your pet is in distress, follow these steps to get their body temperature down, and call your veterinarian to see if you need to take them in. You can help prevent heatstroke by limiting activity when it’s hot outside — especially activities like running or hiking. Save these activities for early morning or late evening, when it’s cooler.