Well, It’s time for my annual post on heat stroke and your dog. This year, instead of all of my anecdotes and whatnot I’m going to post an email I received this morning from a favorite client of mine. Read this and then do what’s right and don’t run your dog in the heat of the day!
I only send this to you because I thought you might want a sobering story to remind all of your clients about the dangers of heatstroke.
Tuesday night I was with my trail running group in the greenbelt, and near the end of the run came across some guys carrying their great dane out, on a towel.
Heatstroke. I stopped running and helped them (and two cops) carry this dog out. Maybe a miracle happened and the dog survived, but during the 15 minutes I carried one end of the towel the dog went from very quiet to eyes wide open / tongue lodged out of the side of its mouth. As a dog lover, it is mighty hard to watch a young healthy dog die in front of your eyes.
I’m not an expert, but I know the heat is a killer. Dogs can’t sweat – when in doubt keep your dog’s time in the heat as short as possible.
If that won’t make you think twice about dogs and heat I don’t know what will.
Be safe and keep you pups cool.
Austin dog trainer
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