On thursday evening Kira, the dogs’ 10 year old friend, came to visit with her friend. After having a popsicle and making a couple of paper airplanes, Kira asked if we could take the dogs over to the park across the road for a short game of fetch. Kira had to meet her mom at 6:30pm, so we decided that we would walk her to their meeting place afterwards.
It was sunny, but there was a breeze, so we didn’t think anything of taking the dogs out. Canyon hadn’t played fetch in the park since the previous week, so we knew he’d be excited to go.
After walking a few minutes to the park, we let all of the dogs off leash and began throwing the toy. Canyon ran to get it eagerly every time. We probably played for 10 minutes before he wandered over to lie under a big tree. At this point we stopped and put everyone back on leash to walk Kira and her friend to meet Kira’s mom.
Canyon was panting a lot, but we didn’t think there was an issue. it was normal for him to pant more than the labs after a game of fetch.
So we walked with Kira and her friend. The meeting spot was about 7 minutes from the park and then after a short chat, we set off for home which was another 7 minutes. We were only gone for about 25 minutes, so we didn’t think it was a big deal.
As soon as we got home, Canyon went over and laid beside the water bowl, but didn’t drink. I was worried, this wasn’t normal for him. His panting seemed louder too, which really concerned me. I got Canyon up and had him follow me down the stairs into the living room where he could lie on the cold floor. He panted and panted, I was worried.
As his panting began to slow, I got a bowl of water and brought it down to him, he only wet his tongue. This really worried me, so I got my water bottle out of the fridge and placed it on his groin area, it seemed to help him cool down even more. I then got some beef broth and offered it to him, he drank a bit of it, but then threw it back up shortly afterwards with some thick mucus.
Canyon ended up throwing up a few more times and I worried, but Huib still felt he was okay, that he just needed to cool down.
it took about 3 hours before he began perking up, but it wasn’t until close to midnight that he decided to take a big drink of water. I think it helped that after his panting had slowed and he was perking up, we gave him a coolish bath and then brought him back down into the living room.
After he drank water, we stayed up another hour to make sure he didn’t throw it up and when he didn’t we all went to bed.
In the morning I was never happier to have him greet me at the side of the bed with a ball in his mouth and his tail wagging when I reached for it.
From our research, it looks as though Canyon had a bit of both heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
From now on we’re going to be extra careful with our golden boy. he has never had this issue before, but we’re thinking his coat seems a bit thicker than previous years, so it’s possible that even though it normally wouldn’t have been too warm, it was.
We took it easy over the weekend and from now on he will only be going outside during the early morning or late evening.