People sometimes forget that the summer heat affects our dogs as much as (or more than!) it affects us.
Dogs don’t sweat. They regulate their body temperature by panting. To put panting in simple terms: a dog breathes in air through his nose, where it picks up moisture from tissue (i.e. a wet nose). The moisture then captures the heat generated from the body and it is exhaled through the mouth. This rids the body of the excess heat, thereby, keeping the body at a normal temperature. The faster and more shallow the panting, the more heat the dog is trying to release from his body. In the reverse, if the dog wishes not to lose body heat, like in cold weather, he breathes in air through his nose and also exhales through his nose to hold the body heat in.
It’s very important to be aware of the signs of overheating and how to treat them.
I recently read a great article written by Brandy Arnold for The Dogington Post on overheating and heat stroke in dogs. I believe it’s important enough to share with you.