With the summer weather in full swing, now is the perfect time to remember a few safety tips ... but not for you. Most people are aware of the risks of heatstroke in hotter weather and they know how important it is to stay cool and hydrated. But, did you know your dog can get heat stroke too? Not only are dogs at risk for overheating, they rely on their human to help keep them safe. 
Here's what you need to know to help keep your favorite pooch healthy this summer:  

Signs of a heat stroke
When body temperatures reach over 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees celsius), side effects and risks become more serious. During heat stroke, the body temperature rises to dangerous levels (around 106 degrees Fahrenheit/41 degrees Celsius). Heat stroke can lead to organ failure and death if left untreated, Pet MD reports. 

Keep an eye out for these possible symptoms that could indicate your dog is overheated:

-Excessive Drooling
-Excessive Thirst
-Drunken walk
-Muscle tremors
-Muscle tremors
-Black, tarry stool
-Rapid heart rate

How to prevent a heat stroke

You can help prevent heat stroke by ensuring that your dog has a cool place to relax on hot summer days. On especially hot days, keep your pet inside except to use the bathroom. You should also make sure your daughter has plenty of cool water to drink. You can allow them to play in a kiddie pool to cool off. When going on walks in the summer, make sure to bring water for them to drink. 

Like children, dogs should never be left alone in a car, even with the window cracked. Temperatures can soar inside the car within minutes, even on milder days. 

What to do in case of a heat stroke

If you suspect that your pet is suffering from heatstroke, you need to get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible, but you should try to lower their body temperature first. You can do this by using cool water and moving them to a cool area. Avoid using ice water (like water from a hose) as this can lower their body temperature too quickly and complicate matters, according to Dog Time. Offer ice cubes and water for them to drink. 

Heat stroke can be deadly in human and pets. The best way to keep your pet healthy is to take preventative measures. Make sure your favorite furry friend has plenty to drink, plenty of shade and keep them inside when the temperatures get too high so you can enjoy your pet for years to come. 

How do you keep your dog cool in the summer? Share your favorite cool summer activities in the comments below.