Extreme Heat Can Be Fatal For Dogs

As temperatures across Kansas climb to triple digits and the humidity pushes the heat index above 115-degrees, both humans and pets are at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Dogs are especially at risk for heat-related problems and their condition should be monitored closely. Kansas State University veterinarian Susan Nelson says dogs will exhibit a number of warning signs if they’re suffering from heat stress or heat exhaustion, including panting more than usual…

If a dog must be outside during the day, make sure they have access to shade and plenty of cool water. For dogs that are fed outside, pick up any remaining food so it doesn’t spoil. Try to walk dogs early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler. Nelson also has a warning for dog owners who allow pets to ride in the vehicle with them…

To treat a pet suffering from heat stroke, move them into the shade or an air-conditioned area, apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck, and chest or run cool – not cold water – over them, give them small amounts of cool water or let them lick ice cubes, and take them directly to a veterinarian.