Few things are more enjoyable than spending time outdoors with your beloved dog on a lovely summer day. However, warm weather comes with some added risks for our four-legged friends. Due to their fur coats and inability to sweat, dogs aren't as well adapted for hot temperatures as humans are, which puts them at greater risk of a condition known as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Before you head outside for some hot-weather adventures, be sure you know how to recognize heat stroke in dogs and what to do if your dog is affected by it.


1. What Is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke, which vets call hyperthermia, occurs when environmental factors cause a dog's body temperature to rise faster than they can cool down. A dog's average body temperature is usually around 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above 103 degrees is typically considered elevated, and when it reaches 106 to 107 degrees, the dog is in great danger.

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