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Heatstroke In Dogs: Signs & Symptoms

Heatstroke In Dogs: Signs & Symptoms

As a dog owner in Clovis, it's important to be aware of the dangers of heatstroke in our furry companions. Our team of veterinarians is here to equip you with vital information on how to keep your dog safe and healthy during hot weather days.

What is heatstroke in dogs?

During hot weather, dogs can suffer from heatstroke (also known as heat exhaustion), which is a serious and potentially fatal health condition. When a dog's body temperature rises above the normal range of 101-102.5°F, hyperthermia can occur, leading to heatstroke.

This happens when the heat-dissipating mechanisms in their body are unable to function due to excessive heat properly.

If a dog's body temperature rises above 104°F, they enter the danger zone, and above 105°F, they are likely to experience heatstroke. Therefore, it's important to ensure our furry friends stay cool and comfortable during hot weather.

Causes of Heatstroke in Dogs

During summer, it's important to keep your furry friend safe from the heat. Even if you don't feel like the inside of your vehicle is too hot, your dog's fur coat can quickly make it unbearable for them. So, it's best to leave them at home when running errands.

Additionally, make sure your dog has access to water and shade if you're spending time outside in your backyard or at the beach.

This is especially important for dogs with medical conditions and senior dogs. Certain breeds, like pugs, are more susceptible to heatstroke due to breathing issues and thick coats. It's crucial to supervise your dog closely, even if they love playing outside, on hot days.

Heatstroke Symptoms in Dogs

During spring and summer, watch carefully for signs of heatstroke in dogs, including any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Mental "dullness" or flatness
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive panting
  • Diarrhea
  • Signs of discomfort
  • Unable or unwilling to move (or uncoordinated movement)
  • Drooling
  • Red gums
  • Collapsing or loss of consciousness

If your pooch is displaying any of the above heatstroke symptoms it's time to take action.

What To Do If Your Dog Shows Signs of Heatstroke

If you observe any symptoms of heatstroke in your furry friend, it is crucial to act quickly. Move them to a cooler area with adequate air circulation and seek advice from your vet if their condition does not improve promptly or if you cannot take their temperature.

If you have a rectal thermometer, take their temperature and see a vet immediately if it exceeds 104°F. If their temperature rises to 105°F or higher, rinse or sponge them with cool (not cold) water, focusing on their stomach, and use a fan if possible.

Contact us or the nearest emergency vet for further guidance. Remember that heatstroke is a severe condition, and it is always recommended to take your dog to a vet promptly, even if you have succeeded in reducing their temperature, to avoid any subsequent issues.

How to Help Prevent Your Dog From Getting Heatstroke

To prevent heatstroke, it's important to take precautions for your dog during hot summer days. Be mindful of how long your dog is outside in direct sunlight and avoid exposing them to excessive heat and humidity.

It's crucial never to leave your dog in a car with closed windows, even if you park in a shaded area. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of shade and cool water. Additionally, a well-ventilated crate or a specially designed seat belt for dogs can also provide extra safety measures.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

It's important to pay close attention to any signs of heatstroke in dogs and seek immediate care if your furry friend is displaying any symptoms. You can contact the vets in Family Pet Hospital.

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