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Woman's Warning About Heat Exhaustion in Dogs Is Essential for All Pet Parents to Hear

Summertime can be so much fun for you and your four-legged friends, but the heat can be deadly, too. Instead of heading into the warmer months unprepared, it's important that you educate yourself on the causes, signs, and treatments of heat exhaustion in dogs. 

TikTok Staffy star Maggie (@hippodogcreations) and her human mama recently made an essential video on this subject. It's already been viewed by over 200 thousand pet owners and lovers, but we think this serious topic deserves even more attention. Here's what you need to know (plus the cutest model to make a heavy topic a bit cuter). 

The scary reality is that most pet parents have seen their dogs like this at least once before. It's not always obvious when a pup is panting from regular exertion or from the beginning stages of heat exhaustion, but looking out for these specific signs can help (via AKC Canine Health Foundation).

- Panting heavily and rapidly

- Tongue hanging out to one side

- Drooling

- Red mucous membranes (the gums in their mouth)

- Dry nose

- Lethargy

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- Rapid heart rate

- Blood in the mouth or stool

- Vomiting

- Seizures

- Staggering or muscle tremors

- Loss of consciousness

Okay, deep breath. Before it seems too scary, it's important to remember that you can absolutely treat and prevent heat exhaustion in dogs. 

The easiest thing to do is to keep your dog indoors when the weather is too warm. As Maggie's mama mentions, "too warm" is going to look different for every animal, so keep an eye on your buddy no matter what time of day you get outside. Dogs with dark-colored skin and fur, as well as brachycephalic breeds with short snouts, may be particularly heat-intolerant--so be extra careful!

If you notice any signs of heat exhaustion in your dog, try to get them to a cool area ASAP. You can use cool--not cold--water in a number of ways to treat heat-related illnesses, according to the RSPCA, so make sure to keep water on hand. 

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