Heatstroke and How To Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

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Keeping your dog cool in the summer heat is super important. Like humans, dogs are susceptible to heatstroke and other heat-related problems. Unlike humans, dogs can’t just take off a layer of clothing or turn up the AC – it’s up to you, their parent, to keep them cool and safe. Read on to learn about signs of heatstroke, tips on cooling off your dog and learn about the top products we’ve sourced for your pup.

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Signs of heatstroke in a dog

Heatstroke in a dog starts with heavy panting and difficulty breathing. At first, you may just think your dog is hot, but it could be much more serious. If your dog has been exposed to heat – and especially if he’s been active, playing or exercising in a hot environment – pay close attention to his behavior right after to avoid serious health issues or even death.

Watch out for these signs of heatstroke:

  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glazed eyes
  • Vomiting and bloody diarrhea
  • Bright or dark red tongue, gums
  • Staggering
  • Elevated body temperature (104ºF and up)
  • Weakness, collapse

Read more about dog heatstroke on WebMD.

How to cool off your dog

If you suspect your dog may be coming down with heatstroke or you just need to cool off your dog immediately (must do if his temperature is above 104!), remove your dog from heat right away and try these cooling methods:

  • Immerse your dog in cold water (kiddie pool, bath tub, etc.)
  • Hose down your dog with cold water
  • Soak a towel in cold water and place it on your dog’s belly.
  • Wipe your dogs’ paws with cold water
  • Place your dog in front of an electric fan

Stop any cooling efforts once your dog’s rectal temperature reaches 103 degrees. Overcooling can also be dangerous for your pup. Read more on WebMD.

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If your dog doesn’t cool off quickly, call your vet or the emergency vet. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your dog!

Doggyloot products you can use to keep your dog cool

Check out these great deals on products that will help to keep your dog healthy and comfortable in the high heat. Remember – if your dog is exhibiting any signs of heatstroke or has a high temperature, refer to the cooling methods outlined above.

Doggyloot Dog Cooling Products

Cooling Mats

This pressure activated cooling mat uses a safe non-toxic gel to absorb your dog’s heat and cool your pet 7-9 degrees under the ambient temperature. Simply fill with water and you’re all set! The cooling mat will recharge automatically and is easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. This mat works best on non-carpeted areas. Get your deal here.

Cooling Mesh Harness

This cooling harness uses a gel-pack to improve the comfort and health of your dog in all weather conditions. It cools your dog’s chest and belly, where your dog exchanges the most heat. The Kumfy Tailz harness gives your dog up to an hour of relief at a time. Choose from XXS, XS, S, M, or L. Get your deal here.

Pet Bed Cooling Pads

Freeze the cooling pack overnight and put it into your dog’s bed. It says cold for up to 6-8 hours. The tough vinyl/nylon outer layer makes cleaning easy, too. Get your deal here.

Dog Carrier Pads

Special cooling product for small pooches – a cooling pad designed for carriers. It’s a dry cooling pad, so no refrigeration or freezing is required. Get your deal here.

Stay cool everyone!

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