Practicing Safety to Prevent Heatstroke at Doggie Daycare and at Home
The Summer months can be hot ones! While we could be having too much fun in the sun, it’s important to make sure we’re keeping our four-legged family members safe during the summer and prevent them from heatstroke. At Bark Avenue Daycamp, we ensure our doggie daycare and dog boarding clients are always cool even when outside for play with plenty of water and water play areas on those really hot days.
What Is Heatstroke in Dogs?
Heatstroke is when the dog’s body temperature rises 106 °F or higher (the normal temperature for a dog is 99.5 °F to 102.5 °F). When the body’s ability to cool down is overwhelmed, it can lead to potentially life-threatening conditions.
Rising Temperatures & Strenuous Exercise
We all love to run errands with our dogs, but please do not leave your dog in the car alone. Even with windows cracked, temperatures inside a car can rise 20 °F in just 10 minutes. On a 75 °F day, the car interior can heat up to nearly 110 °F in just 30 minutes.
Walking, running, or playing with your dog outside in the mornings or evenings is best as it tends to be the cooler part of the day. Most dogs love to be outside, as we know at doggie daycare, but with the afternoon as the hottest part of the day, temperatures can get unexpectedly high. Our furry family members can overheat from strenuous exercise in hot and humid weather. While we humans can perspire to cool off, dogs try to cool off by heavily panting which can cause their temperature to rise.
Susceptible Dog Breeds
While any dog can experience heatstroke, there are breeds that may be more susceptible to heatstroke. Brachycephalic breeds or “squished” faces such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, and Shih Tzus have a harder time quickly cooling down. While dogs rely on their respiratory system to cool down, because brachycephalic breeds have short noses, it’s more difficult to get oxygen to their bodies when breathing conditions are strained.
Warning Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs
Depending on the amount of length exposed to heat, signs can vary from mild to severe. Our staff at Bark Avenue, are trained to know the signs of heatstroke to ensure all our furry clients are safe during these hot months when they are with us for doggie daycare, dog boarding, or dog training. It’s important to know what signs to look for to notice any type of distress. Signs to recognize when your dog is overheating will include heavy panting, drooling, trouble breathing, rapid heartbeat, red or pale gums, lethargy, weakness, and seizures.
When to Know It’s an Emergency
If your dog shows any signs of distress and symptoms of heat streak, please seek veterinary care immediately. In the meantime, here’s what you can do to begin the cooling process down:
- Move your dog to a safe, shady, or air-conditioned room
- Immediately cool your dog with cool (NOT cold) water or apply wet towels to their body. Avoid ice-cold water because this can cause the vessels under the skin to constrict, making it difficult for heat to escape. The KEY is to cool your dog down gradually.
- If conscious, allow them to drink small amounts of water, but not too much or too fast.
At Bark Avenue, we provide in a safe environment for your dog or puppy. Whether you live in Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, St. Charles, Elgin, or Schaumburg, call us at or if you are looking for to book your dog or puppy for doggie daycamp or dog boarding with us at Bark Avenue Daycamp.