After a long, cold winter, many pet owners are taking advantage of the nice weather and spending time outside with their pups. As the temperature rises, make sure to keep an eye on your pets for signs of heat exhaustion and take preventative measures to keep them safe.

Tips to Prevent Heat Exhaustion

  • Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day and adjust schedules so you’re exercising your dog when it’s cooler — morning and evening.
  • When outside, always ensure that your pet has a shady place to rest and access to fresh water.
  • Never leave a pet in your vehicle, even with the windows open.
  • Let dogs cool down during walks by allowing them to take a quick swim or run through a sprinkler.

Early Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Excessive panting and drooling
  • Glazed eyes
  • Dizziness or lack of coordination
  • Lethargy

If ignored, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke or cardiac arrest, which can be potentially fatal. That’s why it’s important to bring your dog to the vet as soon as you notice any distressing changes.

Emergency pet service can be extremely expensive, but that shouldn’t prevent you from seeking the medical treatment your dog needs. With pet insurance, you can be reimbursed for up to 80% of the cost of care and veterinary services, including X-rays, hospitalization, surgery or prescriptions that result from an accident or illness.

Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is proud to partner with Petline Insurance, Canada’s largest pet insurance company, to offer Canadians affordable pet protection. When you purchase our pet insurance, you’ll also earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points,1 along with peace of mind.

Learn more about Petline Insurance.

1 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon.