- Being properly hydrated ahead of time is crucial. You should be giving your dog every chance that you can for them to drink lots of water early in the day. Also be sure that you are bringing as much water as you can with you, for however long you will be away from home. This alone may be all that you need to do. However, as things can still happen in extreme conditions, you need to be ready to handle it.
- Experts recommend carrying a thermometer in an emergency kit for your dog. If you suspect that your dog is in danger of overheating, taking his temperature is the first step in knowing what to do about it. Buying a fancy thermometer is not necessary. Simply pick up an inexpensive digital thermometer with a flexible tip that you only use for your dog, rectally.
- Should your dog be acting sluggish, it is possible that he could be running a fever of 107 degrees and is going into heat exhaustion. When assessing the situation, pay attention to the humidity. A dog would be doing better in a drier climate than in a humid one.
- Rubbing alcohol can save your dog’s life in conditions that are too hot and humid. This is because it serves two purposes in emergency situations. You can clean wounds and cool down your dog with rubbing alcohol. It can be poured behind the dogs ears, on his stomach and on the pads of his feet. It has the ability to cool down the dog faster than water does as it evaporates rapidly.
More dogs are lost to heat-related situations than any other cause. Preventing these emergencies before going out to the field is key to keeping your dog out of trouble. When your dog begins to display signals of overheating, knowing what to do can be the difference between something alarming and a heartbreak.