Extremely high temperature can affect everyone but with dogs in particular, it can have devastating consequences indeed. However expressive dogs can be, they can't really voice how they feel about a particular situation so you to need to learn how to zero in on the cues that something might be wrong with them quickly. Temperature conditions during July and August are perfect for heat stroke, overheating or heat exhaustion as it is called for dogs. High temperatures are one thing, but high humidity is also very dangerous. When the internal body temperature of your dog reaches 103 and above it can have devastating consequences and can often cause death!
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog's behavior, you need to cool him off as fast as possible. Offer him small amount of water only! Too much too quick and he might vomit and this could accelerate the dehydration process. Place a cool wet towel around his neck and under his legs. Use a fan if possible to blow cool air on him.
Brachycephalic breeds (i.e. Short, smooshy, adorable faces) have a harder time breathing and taking enough oxygen during normal conditions, so imagine when they are struggling in the heat! English, French and even American bulldogs are extremely prone to overheating. Being short legged also means that heat radiates closer to their body. Senior and obese dogs are at higher risk. Keep in mind also the coat color of your dog! A black or dark coat will get significantly hotter than a lighter one.
Cooling Mats are great and they can help your pet cool off faster after a walk!
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