Heat Stroke in Dogs
“What To Do To Keep Your Dog Safe In Hot Weather”
There are many reasons dogs can become dangerously overheated. Dogs have sweat glands only on the pads of their feet and cool themselves primarily by panting. Heat stroke in dogs occurs when the air is hot and humid.
In these conditions they cannot rid themselves of excess heat efficiently. Therefore heat exhaustion or heat stroke is more likely to occur during the first hot day of summer when it is 85 degrees than on a 100 degree day in August.
Dogs are used to the heat by the end of summer and typically their owners know enough by then to take it easy. Early in the summer dogs are not yet acclimated to the summer heat.