Vets in Chicago warn dog owners to be cautious of their dogs spending too much time in the summer heat. So, how hot is too hot?
The answer varies depending on the dog breed, ambient temperature and humidity. It is important to note that dogs do not sweat like we do. They use panting as their way to stay cool, but how effective a dog is at panting as a cooling method varies between breeds. For example, a pug will have a harder time panting to cool itself because it is a short-snouted breed. Breeds that originated from cold climates, such as Huskies, will also have a more difficult time adapting to a warm environment.
In general, if your dog has access to plenty of water, shade, and air circulation, it could be content in temperatures around 90˚F. If you’re concerned about your dog’s comfort, here are tips and tricks from vets in Chicago:
Tips to keep your dog comfortable in the heat:
Don’t walk/exercise your dog on dark pavement
Exercise during the beginning or end of the day to avoid the hottest hours
NEVER leave your dog alone in a parked car on a warm day
Have clean drinking water accessible ALWAYS
Offer your dog chilled treats on a hot day
Symptoms of an overheated dog:
Heavy Panting and Rapid Breathing
Bright or Dark Red Tongue/Gums
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Finding Care for your Dog
Every dog has their own threshold for hot temperatures, but it is important to understand where that threshold may lie for your dog’s utmost comfort and well-being. If you have any concern that your dog may be overheating, you are welcome to call or visit Village West Vet for expert veterinary guidance. Our Village West vets in Chicago will make sure your companion is healthy and safe!
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
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