Unfortunately, it’s a common and extremely serious problem, but it is almost always preventable with good judgment.
Hot weather, heavy exercise, insufficient water, and dogs left in cars or pick-ups, or dog kennels, are all factors that can contribute to the development of heat stroke in your dog. This is potentially a life-threatening emergency.
Now is the time to mount a thermometer inside your vehicle for easy reference. Monitor it closely – even with windows down, temperatures inside vehicles can be up to 30 degrees hotter than outside your vehicle.
If your dog shows signs of rapid or noisy breathing, salivation and possible vomiting, has a high body temperature and may be staggering or unable to stand, remove your dog from the source of heat and initiate cooling with cool water pads and take your pet to your veterinarian