Dogs can’t sweat so they can easily suffer from overheating. If your dog is panting and drooling, they may be trying to cool themselves down.
Our top 5 tips for keping your pooch cool in summer:
- Never leave your dog unattended in a car
- Cool them down from the bottom up
- Let them paddle – a children’s paddling pool will cool down their paws
- Avoid walking them on hot pavements
- Beware of muzzles which can prevent them from opening their mouths fully
Look out for signs of heatstroke
Signs that your dog is suffering from heatstroke according to the PDSA:
- Excessive panting
- Vomiting or foaming at the mouth
- Bright red gums
If you think your dog is suffering from heat stroke
Call your vet immediately and move your dog to a cool shaded area. Let them drink small amounts of water and pour room-temperature water over their body (avoid ice or freezing cold water as this can cause shock).