Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Signs to watch for when playing with your pup outdoors include but are not limited to:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive panting
  • Increased salvation
  • Bright red tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
  • Diarrhea
  • As it progresses it can cause: seizures, coma, cardiac arrest, and death

If you notice any of these signs while playing with your dog outside:

  1.  take him/her inside and out of the heat
  2. Put cold, wet  wash cloths on your pup and monitor the temperature (check it every five minutes, rectally, yes, that means up the butt, once it reaches 103°F (39.44°C) then remove the cold cloths and start drying your pup)
  3. Take your pup to the vet to check that everything is alright and he/she didn’t injure anything internally

How to prevent heat stroke:

  • keep pets with predisposing conditions like heart disease, obesity, older age and breathing problems in the shade, normal activities for these dogs can be especially harmful
  • Allow your pet to get water at all times
  • Do not ever leave your dog in a parked car when the seat belt buckle burns your skin when you first get in the car ( above 70°F (21.11 °C))
  •  Make sure that outside dogs have shade
  • On a hot day, try to keep the amount of exercise down at least until the sun goes down, too much exercise in the sun can be dangerous
  • Try not to muzzle your dog in the heat of summer, they can’t pant and that can lead to over heating
  • Avoid places like concrete and asphalt areas, heat is reflected and there is very little access to shade
  • Wetting down your pup with cool water can help him/her maintain a normal body temperature

Information from: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=1375

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