Heatstroke can be serious and often fatal. Heatstroke occurs when high ambient temperature overcomes the dog’s ability to cool themselves. The degree of damage is determined by how high a temperature is reached and how long the animal is exposed. If you suspect heatstroke in your pet, contact your veterinarian ASAP!
Early Stages Include Symptoms such as:
Rapid breathing Excessive drooling
Bright red gums and tongue
Difficulty maintaining balance
Advanced Stages include symptoms such as:
White or blue gums
Lethargy or unwillingness to move
Uncontrollable urination or defecation
Labored, noisy breathing
If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should try to cool them down. Cooling methods include getting them into the shade, spraying them with
cool or tepid water and fanning them.
DO NOT apply ice or drop their temperature too fast as this
can cause shock and hypothermia.
Dogs can become dehydrated when more fluids leave the body than it takes in. They lose fluids through panting, urinating, and even sweat evaporation through their paws. If you see any of the following symptoms, the dog needs rehydration and replacement of electrolytes right away:
Dry gums and nose
Loss of elasticity in the skin
Just giving your dog a bowl of water may not be enough. They need their electrolytes replaced, as well. Use a product like electrolyte-enhanced water or an electrolyte solution. To prevent dehydration and heat stroke, limit the time your dog works or exercises in hot weather. Choose cooler periods of the day for training and exercise sessions. Provide plenty of cool, fresh water, shade, and frequent rest periods when it’s hot.
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