ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — In 2015, three dogs died of heat stroke while hiking in Arkansas. It can be difficult to recognize the signs of overheating in dogs, so pay attention to their excessive panting, seeking out water, laying down, or not being willing to keep going.
Before setting out on a big hike, rule out any health or joint problems by talking to your veterinarian.
Dickson Bain, DVM, a veterinarian at the Hillside Veterinary Clinic in Dallas, Texas said “Any dog over 50 pounds is going to have arthritis. It would be very rare that they didn’t.”
Make sure your dog is current on all vaccines, and has proper flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.
Even if you’re an experienced hiker, start slow with your pet and give them time to build stamina.
After getting the green light from your vet and starting out with small hikes, make sure you bring the right gear.
Dogs should not drink from streams or puddles. Bring clean water and a collapsible bowl.
Even if your pet walks well without a leash, bring one anyway and give other hikers space from your dog.
Keep a first aid kit on hand and the phone number of the closest emergency vet clinic.
Also, bring a photo of your pet in case they get lost.
Companies like REI offer a large variety of dog gear online, such as collapsible water bowls, light-up collar covers, and dog cooling chest panels.
Contributors to this news report include: Hayley Hudson, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.