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We all look forward to enjoying the warm, sunny days of summer.


With warm weather comes certain responsibilities.  Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. Even with the windows open a little, the temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.


If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to rest in. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child's wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in.


Never, ever leave a dog unattended in a vehicle in the summer months. Heatstroke and death can occur within minutes in warm temperatures.
 
Heatstroke
 
Heatstroke can be the serious and often fatal result of a dog's prolonged exposure to excessive heat. Below are the signs of heatstroke and the actions you should take if your dog is overcome. Early Stages:

Advanced Stages:

If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down:

Check your dog's temperature regularly during this process. Once the dog's temperature has stabilized at between 100 to 102 degrees, you can stop the cool-down process. If you cannot get the dog cooled down and you begin to see signs of advanced heatstroke, take the dog to the veterinarian immediately.


You can find this information and more at www.akc.org.