The Dog Days of Summer are actually very dangerous for dogs...

Heat Stroke can kill a dog in 15 minutes. Here are the basics of what it is and how you are possibly the reason your dog could die.

#1 Running, Walking, or Hiking with your dog in Hot Temperatures

#2 Hot Asphalt

#3 Hot Cars

Air Temperature / High UV Index, Asphalt Temperature, and Car Temperatures can quickly take a "fun" outing and turn it into your dog's last day.

Hiking in the Heat with your Dog

Signs of serious overheating: rapid panting, drooling saliva, wide eyes, lack of coordination, diarrhea, vomiting, coma.

To cool an overheated dog you can place him in cool water (not cold), air conditioning, wet his tongue, turn on a fan, or offer small amounts of cool water if the dog is still conscious.

When the temperature reduces to around 104F or 103F, cooling methods can be stopped. 

Take the dog to a veterinarian to determine if he needs further treatment.

I took my dog hiking on a hot Summer day in the mountains around Santa Barbara, California. I was having a great time. I thought my dog was too. We had water, we had patches of shade...but that was not enough. Dogs often aim to please which can limit our ability to see they are in trouble.

Thanks to a Park Ranger who stopped me and explained heat stroke in dogs ~ my dog is alive today. He saw my dog should not have been out in the heat of the day.

He lifted my dogs paws and felt the temperature was extremely hot to the touch. I turned around and went home and began the process of slowly cooling her off.

Running with your dog in Hot Temps

Everyday, you can find someone dragging their dog for a run in hot weather. 

They love their dog and just don't know they are putting them in harms way.

Please inform your friends and neighbors that Heat Stroke Kills dogs.

Get a weather App for your phone like Weather Underground which describes the temperature and also gives the UV Index and Real Feel. 


Dogs can't sweat.  They can only pant to cool off..only through their nose and mouth can they cool off. They are also wearing a fur coat. Their body temps can quickly rise due to air temp and body temp increase through exertion, heat exposure, and physical contact with hot asphalt.

Humans Sweat ~ our bodies are covered with pores and heat is dispersed from the inside of the body via moisture on the skin and evaporates cooling our bodies off. 

Hot Asphalt 

Be aware of the temperatures of the pavement you walk your dog on. This is true both Summer and Winter. You might think an outside air temp of 77 degrees F is a great time to walk your dog outside...but 125 degrees F asphalt temp is not too fun for your dogs paws....

Hot Cars

For more information check out the following article and video by Pet MD