-Updated 6/18/2014

With record-setting heat occurring and no immediate relief in sight, I have compiled some tips for Labrador parents to help keep their furkids safe from scorching Summer.

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Our furkids overheat much quicker than humans and it is the responsibility as parents to keep not only ourselves safe during this heat-wave, but also our beloved furry companions. Lab parents can help keep their Labradors safe by following some of these simple steps:

Look for warning signs in your Labrador

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Symptoms of overheating in dogs include:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing.
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling.
  • Mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.
  • They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.

Animals suffering from heat related illnesses should immediately be seen by a licensed veterinarian for emergency medical treatment.

Chilling in the Shade

Labradors can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water at all times. Make sure your furkids have a shady place and shelter to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

No Parking for Labradors

Never leave your Labs alone in a parked vehicle. Period. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked car can become a furnace in no time, which could lead to fatal heat stroke. Leaving your dogs in parked vehicles during extreme temperatures is not only deadly – but it could be illegal!

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Street Smarts

When the temperature is very high, don’t let your Labrador linger on hot asphalt. Your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn when they are exposed to the blazing cement or asphalt. Keep walks during these times to a minimum or do them early in the day or late in the evening when the temperatures are more bearable.

Looking Good/Feeling Cool

Keep your Labby cool and if your Lab insists on hanging around outside, set them up a kiddie pool or sprinkler for them to play in.

Look out for Other Labradors and Dogs

If you see an Labrador, Dog or other animal that is not properly being taken care of during the extreme heat, contact your local Animal Control or Police department if it is a life/death emergency at 911. It is important to keep both our four and two-legged friends safe during this extremely Hot Times.

What do you do to keep your Labrador Cool?