1. Keep Them Cool to Avoid Heatstroke
Protect your dog from heat exhaustion and heatstroke, says Dr. Libbie Fort, a veterinarian at Pekin Veterinary Clinic in Pekin, Illinois. This is especially important during the summer months. “These conditions can be fatal,” says Dr. Fort.
To keep your dog safe, avoid the dog beach at the hottest parts of the day, and provide your pup with plenty of access to shade and fresh, cool water. Try to keep activity to a minimum, says Dr. Fort. Sure, you can play fetch with your dog—just make sure they have plenty of time to rest, get out of the sun and drink water in between games.
If your dog seems overly tired or is panting more than normal, it’s a good idea to wrap up the day early and get them into the air conditioning, says Dr. Fort.
But if your dog is exhibiting symptoms like extreme lethargy, excessive panting, red (rather than pink) mucous membranes, diarrhea and vomiting, bring them to a vet immediately. Those could be signs that the dog is suffering from extreme heat stress.