With the hot summer months in full swing, it is important to take extra precaution to protect your dog or other pets during a heatwave. Not only is the extreme heat uncomfortable for both humans and pets, but it can also be dangerous. We can help keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Keep reading to learn how to keep your pet safe during the heatwave. 

Never Leave Your Dog Alone in the Car 

Even if it is only for a few minutes, you should never leave your dog or other pets alone in your vehicle. On a hot day, temperatures inside a vehicle rise rapidly to dangerous levels. Each year, hundreds of pets die due to heat exhaustion after they have been left in parked vehicles. For example, on an 85-degree day, the car’s internal temperature can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes, even with the windows slightly open. 

Provide Plenty of Shade and Water

One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to make sure they have protection from the sun and plenty of fresh water. During heat waves, you can add ice cubes to their water. Using a tarp or tree shade is ideal because it does not obstruct air flow. 

Limit Exercise on Hot Days

When going to exercise your dog, make sure that you take the temperature into account. On days that are really hot, it is best to limit your dog’s exercise to early morning or evening hours, when air and pavement temperatures have cooled. Be extra careful with dogs who have white-colored ears, as they are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, due to their tendency to have difficulty breathing. Remember – asphalt gets extremely hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass when possible. 

Watch for Signs of Heatstroke

In some cases, extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some breeds of dogs, including pugs, boxers, and shih tzus, tend to have a harder time breathing in extreme heat. Additionally, pets who are old, very young, overweight, don’t exercise enough, or have heart or respiratory disease are at a higher risk for heatstroke. 


Some signs of heatstroke include the following symptoms:


  • Heavy Panting
  • Glazed Eyes
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Profuse Salivation
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Vomiting
  • Deep Red or Purple Tongue
  • Seizure
  • Unconsciousness

If your dog is experiencing heat stroke, it is important to move your pet into a shaded or an air-conditioned area and give them cool water or ice cubes. You may also apply a cold towel or ice pack to their head, neck and chest. Never immerse a pet in ice cold water, as it may cause shock. Take your pet directly to your local veterinarian. 

Services Offered at Bowman Road Veterinary Clinic 


Bowman Road Animal Clinic offers a wide range of services to keep your pet feeling their best! Keep your pets up-to-date on vaccinations and checkups and in great health by trusting our team of experts at Bowman Road Animal Clinic! Check out the services that our team offers below:


  • Pet Exams & Consultations 
  • Pet Vaccinations 
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • In-house Laboratory 
  • Surgical Services 
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Emergency Services


Check out our website to learn more about the services we offer. Whether you are needing a regular checkup for your pet or emergency services, our team of caring professionals is here to provide the best care possible for your pets! Contact us today to schedule your next visit!