Nikko’s owner called 911 to report that their dog couldn’t continue hiking in the 90-degree heat. While the owner reported the dog had enough water, the animal couldn’t move. Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department, who rescued the dog, wrote about the incident on Facebook.
“Nikko and his human had been hiking for 3-4 hours in 90-degree heat when the call for help was made,” the post said. The pup was carried down the mountain using a Stokes Basket on wheels and he was navigated down the mountain by the crew. Nikko has been checked by a veterinarian and is doing well following his rescue call.
The fire department posted an update on Nikko after he had some time to recover.”Nikko was checked out by a vet and is just fine other than some feet that are a little cut up,” the department said in a Facebook update. “He is a 7-year-old Akita and loves to hike! This has never happened before with Nikko. All are doing good!”
See the post and pictures of Nikko, below
Certain dog breeds are more susceptible to heat sensitivity than others. It’s important to keep in mind their age, coat, weight, and face shape when taking them out in hot weather. Make sure to always have a lot of water, take breaks, and check the ground to make sure it’s not too hot.
Read more tips on keeping your pet cool during the summer in One Green Planet, check out these articles Facts to Know and Actions to Take on Pets in Hot Vehicles and How to Manage the Dog Days of Summer.
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