Heatstroke and Your Dog

Heatstroke and Your Dog

When it’s really hot outside even a casual walk can lead to heatstroke, especially if your dog is older or out of shape. Keep your exercise routine to early mornings or evenings when it’s cooler.

Never leave your dog in your car during hot weather. Dogs left in cars, even with the window slightly open, can overheat very quickly during the summer.

Here’s how to recognise heat stroke in your pet:

If your dog is suffering from heatstroke, he will:

  • be panting excessively
  • have redness around his eyes
  • show signs of weakness
  • be irritable
  • possibly start vomiting
  • possibly collapse

 

You can try to cool him down by giving him cool water to drink – not cold water. Cold water may make him vomit.

Try to sponge him down with a cool wet towel or soak him in a tub of cool water and keep a fan on him.

In extreme cases – where your dog’s gums are grayish, his tongue is blue, or he is unconscious – call your veterinarian. Severe heatstroke is an emergency, and you may need to make a quick trip to the vet or emergency clinic.

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