Heatstroke In Dogs ...
aka, Hot Dogs In The Summer Time!
When the temperature's rising, as well as the humidity, heatstroke in dogs is a condition your pet
wants you to bone up on because it can easily become fatal. Not to worry - your dog
because you're going to be hip on the subject after you finish reading this article.
heat exhaustion can come on quite quickly just from a dog's normal activities and once it does, swift
action is needed to bring down the temperature. Unlike humans, Rover has few ways to dump heat and cool
off. Here are some ways you can help.
Heatstroke in Dogs - Preventative Measures
Heatwaves or just very warm summer days, are times when dogs need special attention. A few of the
following pet safety measures may save your dog's life on these occasions:
- Provide a
fresh water supply that cannot be knocked over
- Ask a neighbor to check and/or refresh water
if you are gone all day
- Provide significant shaded area away from hot concrete
unnecessary activity, such as walks, until sundown
- No car trips with the dog on warm days. Cars heat up quickly even if parked in the shade.
- Never tie
up a dog
In short, to avoid heatstroke a dog needs to be hydrated, shaded and cooled off
by sufficient ventilation.
Heatstroke in Dogs - The Symptoms
Being aware of the signs of heatstroke will
enable you to act quickly if you spot your dog or someone else's dog in danger:
panting and restless behavior
- Abundantly salivating
red lips and tongue
- Disorientation - not responding to you
In general, an appearance of a thirsty dog in distress.
If you have ever hiked the Grand
Canyon on a hot day, as I have, you too may have experienced some of the above symptoms!
Heatstroke in Dogs - Treatment Tips
- Act quickly to get your
dog to a cool place
- Get the temperature down by:
having the dog stand in
some cool water for a few minutes at a time
- wetting it down gradually with a hose or wet towels, starting at the feet and working up to the
armpits and rest of the body
- Optionally, use a fan if available and/or necessary, until the
- Provide water in small doses so that it is not regurgitated
If condition appears more severe and your dog looks very weak, or there is any doubt in your mind,
don't hesitate to call the vet.
Heatstroke in Dogs - Products To Keep Dogs Cool
A Message To Rover For The Future
Try to make sure your owners do not let you get overweight as this puts a lot more stress on a pet
in hot weather. Ask them to give you some regular exercise and a healthy diet, because you know a trim
doggie is more prepared to deal with any adverse conditions! Stay cool.
Heatstroke in Dogs
Information in this article is not
intended to take the place of advice from your vet.