It is way too hot! There is even more dangerous heat forecasted for the near future. As a result our Marion County Fair 4-H Dog Show has been relocated from the County Fairgrounds to the State Fairgrounds. This allows the shows to be held inside of an air-conditioned building.
Look at this crazy forecast:
This is dangerous weather for people to be out in the SHADE. Let alone dogs with fur and their children running around. I believe that the Marion County Extension Office made a wise move in this instance for the sake of health and safety. I also applaud the cooperation of the Indiana State Fairgrounds Management for making the option available to us.
So the question I have for you, dear reader, is: Do YOU know what to do if your dog gets overheated?!
What does that even LOOK like?
Dogs can get overheated very quickly. Because they do not sweat like humans, dogs don't tolerate high environmental temperatures as well as we do. We humans, have the large surface area of our skin to help cool us as sweat glands produce moisture which uses evaporation as a cooling mechanism. However, dogs as dependent on vigorous panting to exchange the hot air for cooler. This is even more difficult for brachycephalic (broad/ wide-headed breeds like pug, bulldog or pekingese). Likewise, the process of panting is insufficient when the ambient air temperature is not much cooler than their overheated bodies. There simply isn't cool enough air with which to exchange.
A normal temperature for dogs is between 100.5ºF – 102.5º. A rectal temperature of 104 ºF needs to be brought down!!