How to avoid heat stroke
Most often, cases of heat stroke happen when a dog is confined in a car, crate, or kennel. But a dog can suffer from heat stroke by being left in the yard with no shade to hide under and not enough water. To avoid giving your dog heat stroke, make sure there is a nice shaded area in the yard for his to escape to on those hot Californian days. Especially if your dog stays in an outdoor kennel, remember that the sun moves throughout the day. At 7 a.m. there may be a great spot under the tree in the backyard, but at 4 p.m. is that shade still there or is it in the neighbor’s yard now? And be sure your dog has plenty of water for the entire time you are gone. The hotter the weather the more water he will drink, so you may have to consider a different water bowl if you find his bone dry every day you get home. Or you might just put the bowl under an outdoor water faucet that can drip continuously into the bowl throughout the day. For larger water loving dogs that like to play in their water bowl, you may want to consider a small plastic pool to fill up instead (fill up only a quarter of the way to prevent drowning).
Your dog will do the best he can to keep himself healthy, but he really relies on you to give him the care he needs and to keep his best interest at heart. Think twice the next time you have a quick errand to run with your dog in the car. Is it something that can wait? Is it a sunny or humid day? Please remember his life is in your hands.