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7 Warning Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

It’s already gettin’ hotter than hades ’round here! For me, it’s kinda borin’ when it’s so hot, cause all we can do is lay up under the air conditioning and snooze. My lady only lets us go outside for potty breaks until late afternoon. Then, all we get is a couple of hours of outside playin’ time. Inside is good for playin’ too, but we can’t go explorin’ and squirrel chasin’ like we do outside! My Lady s’plained that us pups can’t sweat to cool us down and all we can do is pant. Well, there just ain’t no amount of pantin’ can keep up with high temperatures when we are runnin’ and playin’! That’s why we’d like to talk to you about some warning signs of heatstroke in dogs.

7 Warning Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

There are also some furbabies that just can’t stand the heat whatsoever.

My sister Sallie is gettin’ kinda up there in years.

She is also over-weight, please don’t tell her I said that!

She would get me good for talkin’ ’bout her!

Because of her age and her weight issue, she has trouble in the hot weather.

Then, there are those furbabies with the scrunched up noses like Pugs, Pekinese, or Bulldogs – they can’t breath so good anyway with them flat noses, so they have an extra tough time breathin’ in the heat!

I’m gonna let my Lady tell about the warning signs of heatstroke in dogs so you human folk can watch for em.

I ain’t wantin’ none of that heatstroke business for sure! So, here’s my Lady….

7 Warning Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs:

  • Acting confused or looking all glassy-eyed
  • Breathing heavy or panting really fast
  • Slobbering
  • Acting anxious or restless
  • Acting tired and exhausted
  • Upchucking or having diarrhea
  • Collapse

What to do in case of emergency:

  • If your furbaby has gotten to hot, you need to immediately get them to a shaded or air conditioned place!
  • Rub some cool water (don’t use ice water though) on their belly or groin area. This will help cool them down the fastest!
  • Offer them some water to drink, but don’t force them to drink it!
  • After these steps, contact your vet. Follow their advice and let them know you are on your way in.

If your furbaby stays outside, please oh please, make sure they have shade during the day!!!

They might even appreciate a kiddy-pool that they could take a nice cool dip in!

Check out our article on 10 ways to keep pets cool this summer!

One more thing you might consider is hooking them up with a fan to provide some air flow 🙂

After all, how would you like to stay out there in the heat 24/7 (in a fur coat none-the-less) with no relief?

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Calvin F.

Thursday 13th of July 2017

Very important information,e specially since the weather is so hot .

Linda Szymoniak

Saturday 15th of April 2017

It infuriates me when people leave dogs in closed, parked cars - especially on very hot, sunny days. Or, people who insist on their dogs running with them - no matter the weather. I've see too many cases of dogs in danger from heatstroke. It's only April, but it can still be too hot. I'm a volunteer rescue transport driver. I had seven dogs and one kitten in my vehicle this morning - I did a double "leg", so they were in it for over 2-1/2 hours. Even with windows open and it being only 9am when I started driving, I had to roll up the windows and put the A/C on. What many people don't understand is that dogs and cats start with higher body temps than people, so while we might feel comfortable in certain conditions, dogs and cats don't have the same cooling mechanisms people do. They release heat by panting and through the pads on their paws, but with their bodies covered in fur, they can overheat quite easily. Thanks for sharing this. More people need to be made aware.

Christy Caldwell

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

Great advice. Gotta keep a close eye on the fur babies in the brutal summer months.

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