Heat stroke/exhaustion in dogs: High temperatures and humid weather at the weekend put more pressure on working dogs. Temperatures have dropped well back this week but there could be a possible return to higher than normal temperatures again next week.

Dogs do not sweat through their skin, with heat regulated via panting and sweat lost through their nose and foot pads. Dehydration can quickly occur when dogs are worked in excessive temperatures and it also limits a dog’s ability to keep cool. Therefore, it is important to ensure that dogs are not worked during peak daytime temperatures. It is also important to tailor the level of work dogs are expected to do in such conditions. You should always carry a supply of water to prevent dehydration and help body temperature regulation.