The weather is getting warmer and your dog is feeling the heat! With more hours of outdoor playtime and active adventures, it’s important that you recognise when your dog is overheating and needs to cool off. 

Read our simple guide to spotting the 4 signs of an overheating pup and what you can do to help your four-legged friend!

Breaking a sweat

When the hot weather arrives, humans break a sweat! Sweating allows the body to regulate its temperature when it’s hot, and eliminates toxins that have built up in the body. It’s important to understand the science behind it so you can take care of your dog in warmer climates.

Dogs have less sweat glands in the dermis (the thickest layer of skin) than humans, so they release toxins and regulate their temperature though the mouth and the pads on their feet. The tongue also plays a part in this, causing dogs to salivate more!

Scroll down to find out what the 4 signs of an overheating dog are and check out our full guide to beating the heat on our previous blog post.


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1. They're panting or breathing loudly

Dogs pant to regulate their temperature! So if you notice that your dog is panting or breathing louder than usual, they may be overheating. This is one of the most obvious signs that your dog needs to cool off. 

However, there are several other health-related reasons that your dog is panting a lot. Allergies, obesity and other health complications could explain your dog’s excessive panting! For more information, check out this article, and have a chat with your vet to get the best advice for your pup.

2. They're disorientated

Disorientation is a tell-tale sign that your dog is overheating! When they’re too hot and exposed to lots of sun, their behaviour may change. 

Some signs of disorientation include: falling over, walking aimlessly or in circles, head tilting to one side, eyes darting back and forth, inability to stand, vomiting and shaking.

Collapsing is one of the more alarming signs of an overheated dog. If your dog suddenly collapses or falls over unexpectedly, you should act fast to help your dog to cool off, hydrate and nurse them back to being their healthy self!

If your four-legged friend starts to show any of these signs, you should immediately take your dog to a cool spot in the shade, giving them plenty of water, and consult your vet if their condition worsens. 

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3. Their gums are brightly coloured

A not-so-obvious sign that your dog is overheating is the appearance of bright red or blue gums. But what do colourful gums have to do with overheating? When your dog overheats, their gums can turn blue due to a lack of oxygen which can be dangerous for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. 

If you ever suspect that your dog is struggling with high temperatures, take a look at their gums!

4. They're dehydrated

Overheating and dehydration come hand in hand because your dog is more susceptible to overheating if they don’t drink enough water. Dehydration can also put your dog at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But the good news is, you can add a few extra steps to your dog’s routine to prevent your pup from getting dehydrated! 

The three physical signs of dehydration in dogs are: sunken eyes, dry mouth and poor skin elasticity.

When you take your fluffy friend out to walk or play, always keep plenty of water on hand! Encourage your dog to drink at least once every hour but more if it’s hot or if they’re going for a longer walk or exercise session. 

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Keeping your dog healthy and happy all summer long

There are five essential steps for keeping your dog healthy and happy in the summer heat:

1. Keep them hydrated with lots of water

2. Take caution with car rides by letting in fresh air, taking regular breaks, and never leaving your dog alone in a car

3. Avoid the midday heat for walks and opt for morning or evening exercise

4. Go for a swim in a safe lake, river or paddling pool

5. Let them cool off in the shade and keep their bed out of direct sunlight

And last but not least, if your dog is showing signs of overheating and you're concerned about his or her wellbeing, consult your vet straight away. 

Share with us what you find works to best to keep your dog cool in summer in the comments!

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content! 

 

 

 

 

The weather is getting warmer and your dog is feeling the heat! With more hours of outdoor playtime and active adventures, it’s important that you recognise when your dog is overheating and needs to cool off. 

Read our simple guide to spotting the 4 signs of an overheating pup and what you can do to help your four-legged friend!

Breaking a sweat

When the hot weather arrives, humans break a sweat! Sweating allows the body to regulate its temperature when it’s hot, and eliminates toxins that have built up in the body. It’s important to understand the science behind it so you can take care of your dog in warmer climates.

Dogs have less sweat glands in the dermis (the thickest layer of skin) than humans, so they release toxins and regulate their temperature though the mouth and the pads on their feet. The tongue also plays a part in this, causing dogs to salivate more!

Scroll down to find out what the 4 signs of an overheating dog are and check out our full guide to beating the heat on our previous blog post.


Fantail premium memory foam dog bed

1. They're panting or breathing loudly

Dogs pant to regulate their temperature! So if you notice that your dog is panting or breathing louder than usual, they may be overheating. This is one of the most obvious signs that your dog needs to cool off. 

However, there are several other health-related reasons that your dog is panting a lot. Allergies, obesity and other health complications could explain your dog’s excessive panting! For more information, check out this article, and have a chat with your vet to get the best advice for your pup.

2. They're disorientated

Disorientation is a tell-tale sign that your dog is overheating! When they’re too hot and exposed to lots of sun, their behaviour may change. 

Some signs of disorientation include: falling over, walking aimlessly or in circles, head tilting to one side, eyes darting back and forth, inability to stand, vomiting and shaking.

Collapsing is one of the more alarming signs of an overheated dog. If your dog suddenly collapses or falls over unexpectedly, you should act fast to help your dog to cool off, hydrate and nurse them back to being their healthy self!

If your four-legged friend starts to show any of these signs, you should immediately take your dog to a cool spot in the shade, giving them plenty of water, and consult your vet if their condition worsens. 

Fantail premium dog beds

3. Their gums are brightly coloured

A not-so-obvious sign that your dog is overheating is the appearance of bright red or blue gums. But what do colourful gums have to do with overheating? When your dog overheats, their gums can turn blue due to a lack of oxygen which can be dangerous for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. 

If you ever suspect that your dog is struggling with high temperatures, take a look at their gums!

4. They're dehydrated

Overheating and dehydration come hand in hand because your dog is more susceptible to overheating if they don’t drink enough water. Dehydration can also put your dog at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But the good news is, you can add a few extra steps to your dog’s routine to prevent your pup from getting dehydrated! 

The three physical signs of dehydration in dogs are: sunken eyes, dry mouth and poor skin elasticity.

When you take your fluffy friend out to walk or play, always keep plenty of water on hand! Encourage your dog to drink at least once every hour but more if it’s hot or if they’re going for a longer walk or exercise session. 

Fantail memory foam dog beds and baskets  

Keeping your dog healthy and happy all summer long

There are five essential steps for keeping your dog healthy and happy in the summer heat:

1. Keep them hydrated with lots of water

2. Take caution with car rides by letting in fresh air, taking regular breaks, and never leaving your dog alone in a car

3. Avoid the midday heat for walks and opt for morning or evening exercise

4. Go for a swim in a safe lake, river or paddling pool

5. Let them cool off in the shade and keep their bed out of direct sunlight

And last but not least, if your dog is showing signs of overheating and you're concerned about his or her wellbeing, consult your vet straight away. 

Share with us what you find works to best to keep your dog cool in summer in the comments!

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content! 

 

 

 

 

By Milly Osborne

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