Dogs can’t sweat, and they also can’t tell you how hot they are, so it’s important you make sure you’re keeping your pup cool when the mercury rises.

Some tips:

  • If you’re playing outside, make sure your dog has plenty of cool water and a spot for shade.
  • Before you go on a walk, check how hot the pavement is. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s definitely too hot for your dog.
  • Keep up with flea, tick and heartworm prevention.

Nikki Hoggle with the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter said heartworms are a big problem in the South.

“During the summer, that’s when they’re the worst,” she said. “Fleas, ticks and heartworms come from mosquito bites, and so any time your animal is out in the elements then they need to be on a heartworm preventative.”

Heartworms are potentially fatal in dogs and cause severe lung and heart issues. Treatment is expensive and takes months. Prevention is key.

Signs your dog is overheated include:

  • Excessive slobbering
  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Reddened gums
  • Rapid heart rate

If you feel your dog is getting overheated, get them inside and into a cool-water bath or into a pool with cool water outside, and make sure they’re drinking enough water. When in doubt, take your dog to the vet.


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