Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Heat stroke is a very dangerous condition where the body’s temperature goes up drastically due to heat exhaustion, heat stroke or exposure to an unusually hot environment with no access to shelter or water. Heat stroke can affect our furry friends just as easily as it can us, and dogs can even die if they don’t get treatment immediately, as it is a very serious issue.

Heat stroke is especially dangerous for dogs because they don’t sweat the way people do. Instead, they get rid of excess heat by panting and then they get rid of the moisture through their nose and foot pads. If a dog is unable to do this, and his temperature rises to 106 or above, then his cells will begin to be damaged and internal injury will occur and can’t be reversed.

What are the Signs of Heat Stroke?

If you see any of the following in your dog, he may be suffering from heat stroke:

  • Having a body temperature over 104 degress
  • Excessive panting
  • Gums colored a dark red
  • Gums that are dry or tacky
  • Collapsing or lying down and not able to stand
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Saliva that is thickened
  • Being dizzy or disoriented
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How do you treat heat stroke in dogs?

If you believe your dog is suffering from heat stoke then you need to do the following things IMMEDIATELY!

  • Get the dog out of the heat and into a cooler place as fast as possible.
  • Cool the dog down with cold, wet clothes placed on the foot pads and head. However don’t use ice or extremely cold water, as that can make the dog’s blood vessels constrict, which will have the opposite affect and cause the dog’s temperature to get higher, not lower. Plus, you don’t want the dog to go into hypothermia by cooling him too fast. If you can get the dog’s temperature down to 103 or less, then stop cooling immediately.

Preventing Heat Stroke

You can do some things to keep your dog safe from heat stroke:

  • Don’t leave dogs in a car on warm days even if the windows are open. The car can rise to oven temperatures and quickly kill your pet.
  • Don’t do hard exercise with your pet on hot days, and stay in the shade when possible if you are outside with your dog.
  • Make sure your dog has water at all times.
  • Remember that breeds of dogs with short noses such as pugs and bulldogs are especially susceptible to heat stroke.

Can Dogs Recover From Heat Stroke?

Dogs may be able to recover from heat stroke, but it often can cause irreversible damage and even death, so prevention is the key. Dogs need to be acclimated to high temperatures before doing excessive exercise in hot weather conditions.

All in all, we need to protect our furry friends from the dangerous of heat stroke because they can be just as affected as we can and could die if exposed to excess heat.


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