OK, before we get to the list of summer locations, let's take a quick refresher in how to identify heat stroke, and how to minimise the risk.
How to identify heatstroke
It is in the loving nature of our dogs that they will do anything to spend time with us no matter what the conditions are. But dogs do not sweat and cannot manage their body temperatures as effectively as us humans, and therefore its up to you as a responsible carer to make sure they do not develop heat stroke.
- open mouth with swollen tongue hanging out
- rapid or heavy breathing
- excessive drooling
- white stickly saliva
- lethargy (Laying down, not willing to move)
Heat stroke is a serious condition and its very important to contact your veterinarian immediately if you see any signs of heat stroke.
Prevention is better than cure
To minimise the risk of heat stroke please consider the "T.E.A.C.H." heat-stroke prevention code below:
- Time of day: Make sure you can find shelter during the hottest hours of the day
- Equipment: Provide a cooling vest if possible.
- Activity: Keep play and hiking well within your pet's ability with frequent rest intervals.
- Cover: ensure there is shade and protection from the sun.
- Hydrate: Provide plenty of cool fresh water.
Below we have suggested some great parks and malls that can help you and your pooch escape the summer heat! Remember when traveling with your pooch, allow sufficient time after eating for you pet to digest their food to prevent upset stomach/vomiting.