Staying cool and healthy during the Dog Days of Summer

Dog days of summer

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Dog Days of Summer refers to the hottest days of the summer, which stretch through the middle of August.

Historically, the days are named this because it is the time when the “dog star,” Sirius, rises. The ancient Greeks and Romans connected the astrological sighting with hot temperatures, drought, and mad dogs.

During these toasty days, there’s a few things that you and your furry friend can do to keep cool.

For you to be safe in the heat:

  • Make sure you stay hydrated
  • Take frequent breaks if you’re outdoors
  • Find shade
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Find air conditioning
  • Wear light clothing
  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Heat Exhaustion symptoms

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Excessive thirst

Heat stroke symptoms

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • May lose consciousness
  • No sweating
  • Hot, red skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Body temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit

For your dog:

  • Do not leave them in the car
  • Make sure they have shade
  • Make sure they have water, and that water is in the shade
  • Walk the in the early morning, or at night
  • Do not walk them on asphalt; to test if the asphalt is too hot, place your hand on the road and if it’s too hot for you it’s too hot for them.
  • If they are excessively panting, bring them indoors and make sure to cool them off immediately and get them water.

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