Dog safety in hot weather is important! Since their only method of cooling is thru a nose and their feet they struggle more with hot weather than some of their humans. Here is some good information courtesy of a course I took with PetTech:
Rule of 120. This is a number based on temperature plus humidity where the risk for heat stroke in our dogs can begin to occur and we need to use caution when taking dogs out. Ex: temp is 70 degrees + humidity at 65% = 135. Keep in mind that shorter faced dogs, longer haired dogs and thick coated dogs can be at risk at lesser numbers.
To prevent Hyperthermia Heatstroke:
Keep pet hydrated.
Monitor Dog’s temperature with a thermometer.
Monitor activity level. (Remember dogs aren’t good at self-regulating)
Consider temperature & humidity.
Rule of 120.
Body temp above 103 – 105 degrees.
Rapid Heart Rate
Foaming at mouth
Tongue & gums initially bright red
CRT 2 seconds or more.
Actions for survival:
Cool with copious amounts of cool water (not cold!)
Treat for shock
Please help keep your pet from overheating during warm weather.