Unlike humans, dogs don’t really have the ability to regulate their body heat. This makes them prone to heatstroke. It’s essential that dog owners know this and be extra cautious when they take their canine pets out for summer activities.
One dog owner from Utah almost lost his pet because he didn’t consider this. They went hiking in Mount Olympus, and the hot weather made his dog suffer from severe dehydration.
Call for help
Leo is a 120-pound Labrador Retriever that was taken by his dad to Mount Olympus for a hike. It was summer that time, and it seemed that it got hotter as they got higher. And soon, the large dog got overheated, and he couldn’t move anymore.
Leo’s dad got worried, and he kept giving the pooch water in hopes of cooling him down and keep him hydrated. But it didn’t seem to help. The situation got worse when the dog owner realized that he had used up all their after supply.
He knew that his dog might not last long, so he frantically called for help. He got in touch with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, and they immediately responded to the call. By that time, the temperature was already at 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Help has arrived
When they finally arrived at the scene, they quickly loaded the weak pooch to a stretcher. They needed to get Leo in a cooler environment and get him dehydrated. But because of the rough landscape, it took them a couple of hours to get the heavy dog down the mountain.
Once they were down, they quickly took the pooch to a vet. He was given treatment for heat exhaustion. The vets also learned that his kidneys had some minor problems. But thankfully, they were able to get them back to working normally after a few days.
Leo’s dad certainly learned a lesson that day, and hopefully, other dog owners would be more cautious when they learn about their story.