Keeping furry friends cool in the dog days of summer

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - We're celebrating the dog days of summer on KARE 11 Sunrise.

Not only do humans have to work to stay cool in these sweltering temperatures, so do our 4-legged friends.

Dr. Eric Ruhland is the owner and veterinarian at the St. Paul Pet Hospital, and stopped by the KARE 11 Backyard, to talk about how we should keep our pets cool.

Here are some facts about dogs:

  • Dogs normally cool by rapid panting
  • Dew Points or air humidity is often more important than temperature
  • Cars, sidewalks, and lack of shade are high risk factors

Signs that your dog is experiencing heat stress:

  • Lethargy
  • Thick saliva
  • Hard, rapid, prolonged breathing
  • Stumbling or wide base stance
  • Reluctant to drink water

What to do to give your dog relief... in this order:

  1. Get dog in shade or ac
  2. Wet down with rubbing alcohol (paw pads and abdomen)
  3. Offer water
  4. Call your Veterinarian
  5. Lightly spray off tongue and mouth with water
  6. Run cool water bath... not ice cold.

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