Provide fresh clean water and proper shelter from the sun and heat

If you can’t provide these contact your local shelter, vet, or boarding facility to make arrangements for care

Avoid strenuous exercise

  • If you walk your dog try to do it early in the morning or later in the evening when the temperatures aren’t as high
  • Avoid asphalt or other surfaces that can burn your dog’s feet
  • Take breaks
  • Bring enough water for you and your pet

Know the signs of heatstroke

  • Heavy panting and excessive drooling
  • Red or purple gums and tongue
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Elevated temperature (above 103)
  • Muscle tremors or staggering movement

Do not leave your pet in the car

  • A few minutes is too long
  • Leave them home

If you think your pet is having a heat-related emergency call your vet right away

  • 309.343.6156 Knox Pet Clinic or if outside of our normal office hours please call our emergency line at 309.342.1759