Heat Stroke A Danger For Dogs

Extreme heat can be a danger for dogs

By Kim Fischer
|  Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010  |  Updated 6:16 PM CDT
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These hotter temperatures may be annoying to you, but did you know that they can be deadly for dogs?

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These hotter temperatures may be annoying to you, but did you know that they can be deadly for dogs? Your dog's normal temperature is just over 100 degrees. If they reach 107, the dog is in the danger zone of suffering a deadly heat stroke.

Animal specialist Trish Kimsey with Three Dogs Bakery said if you normally walk your dog, make sure you follow the “rule of eights.”

"Between 8 (a.m.) and 8 (p.m.), you're going to want to just go ahead and keep your dogs in and limit their exercise outside because of the heat," Kimsey said.

If it's above 75 degrees outside, Kimsey said you should cut your walking time in half. She also said there are obvious signs that will tell you if your dog is overheating.

"If you notice that your dogs are running towards the shade when you're walking them, or they're panting a lot heavier, if they have a thicker drool coming out of their mouth, you're going to realize that they're overheating at that particular moment," Kimsey said.

Another warning; do not leave your dog in a car during the summer. Kimsey said a car's temperature can go up 40 degrees in just 10 minutes.

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