Yesterday my dog and I went out on a 30-minute run/walk. My dog is like the terminator, she runs much faster than I can, and is an endless ball of energy. When we got back to the apartment we both laid out on the kitchen floor. I think we both knew we needed the cold tile, either that or jumping into a cold body of water. This heat and humidity don't make for a pleasant afterglow. I was quickly reminded of how the heat affects my dog daughter and I need to keep her health top of mind. So here is our reminder that heat exhaustion in dogs can lead to some serious and potentially fatal conditions.

Heat stroke and cardiac arrest is no joke. How can you tell if your dog is suffering from a heat stroke? An early sign can be as simple as your dog not turning to look at you when you call them over. Immediately move your dog to a cooler area, either indoors where there is air conditioning, my dog and I hung out on the kitchen floor, or you can take your dog under the shade under a fan. The Humane Society of the United States lists off potential heat stroke signs like glazed eyes, excessive drooling, a rapid heart rate, dizziness or lack of coordination, fever, lethargy, and loss of consciousness. Remember to limit your dog's exercise and always check the asphalt, burnt paws are a serious issue that a lot of owners overlook. For more tips and tricks to get through a summer in the South click here.