Veterinary Medicine

Question: How do I keep my dog cool in the heat?

Answer: Provide shade, cool water, and a small pool to cool off in at all times.

You may have to bring your dog inside during very hot days.

The best way to tell if your dog is overheated is to take its temperature - normal is up to 102.5ºF.

An overheated dog will have its tongue hanging out, panting, and may be unable to stand up. Cool the dog off immediately with cool water, take its temperature, and take to your veterinarian


Never leave your dog in a parked car. It gets very hot inside quickly. Do walks early or late in the day when it's cooler. Test the concrete with your hand. If it is too hot for you, then it is too hot for your pet.

Have a safe summer and stay cool.

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