Heatstroke Symptoms In Dogs

 

Unlike people, dogs use panting to expel warmth from their bodies. When panting is insufficient, a dog’s body temperature increases, resulting in heatstroke, which can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Heatstroke can occur in dogs in just about any hot climate. The most prevalent cause is a pet founder’s carelessness, such as leaving a dog in the car or failing to offer drink and shelter when they’re out. Heatstroke affects certain canines more than anyone else. Heat exhaustion is more likely in animals with thick coats, short faces, or those who have medical problems. 

What Are The Common Symptoms Of A Heat Stroke In A Dog?

Heatstroke in canines can signal a significant medical condition and lead to complications such as brain enlargement, kidney failure, bleeding ulcers, and excessive clotting. As a result, immediate veterinarian care is strongly advised.

Excessive Sweating Or Breathing Difficulties 

Your dog may be hot if they pant continually or more quickly than usual (hyperventilation). Heatstroke is more likely in dogs with flat faces, such as pugs, since they cannot pant as effectively.

Dehydration

Dry nose, evident weariness, heavy panting, and beady eyes are all signs of dehydration.

Drooling Excessively

Keep a watch out for excessive drool and saliva, which is thicker and stickier than usual.

Fever 

Your dog may have a fever if its nose is sunny and dusty instead of moist and cool. A body temperature of more than 103 degrees Fahrenheit is deemed abnormal.

Discolored Gums

Gums that are reddish, grey, purple, or bluish. Your dog’s gums may be unhealthy if they are a different color than usual.

Urine Deficiency

Your pet may be dehydrated or hot if they have problems peeing.

A Fast Heartbeat

Placing your palm on your dog’s chest at their front knee joint is the simplest approach to take their pulse. Your pet’s size determines a normal pulse rate; larger dogs have slower pulses, while small dogs and puppies are very fast. If your dog’s pulse is raised, they may be overheating.

Tremors In The Muscles

Heatstroke can lead your dog to shiver or shake regardless of the outside climate.

Sickness Or Tiredness 

Excessive heat can cause dogs to take longer naps or have difficulty standing or walking.

Diarrhea Or Sickness 

Heat exhaustion is indicated by unusually soft feces or stool containing blood.

Dizziness

Your dog may feel lightheaded due to dehydration or heatstroke if it has problems walking in a single direction or continually knocking into furnishings. Dizziness is the most frequent and commonly recognized physical symptom of heat exhaustion. However, there are many others. If your dog appears tired, unwell, or otherwise strange during the summer season, don’t ignore it! If in doubt, contact your local veterinarian. The most important thing you can do for your dog is to keep him safe and healthy.

What Can I Do To Keep My Dog From Getting Heatstrokes?

  1. Never, ever, ever keep your dog in a parked car, even if it’s only for a minute. Keep in mind that your puppy is more susceptible to heat than you are! On an 80°F day, the heat inside a stopped vehicle can reach 100°F in as little as ten minutes. It can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes on a 90-degree day and 130 degrees in 30 minutes, which can be fatal.
  2. Be sure your dog doesn’t spend too much time outside. If your dog spends so much time outside, make sure they have enough liquid and cool, shady places to relax and bring them inside during the hottest times of the day.
  3. Don’t take your dog for a stroll during the hottest part of the day. If necessary, take your dog for a walk early in the morning or late evening to avoid the warmest hours of the day. If you’re going for a lengthy stroll, bring water with you and stop in a shaded spot if necessary. Also, think about taking shorter treks and avoiding regions that demand more intensive activity, such as hilly terrain or other areas which require more intensive action.
  4. Maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Many people turn off the air conditioner when they leave the house to save expense, but on a sunny day, your house’s interior temperature can quickly climb, much like a parked car. If you must leave your dog in the place, turn on the air conditioner (even if it is set to a low setting of 75 degrees) or use numerous electrical fans to keep some areas cool.
  5. Make sure your pet has plenty of liquids to drink. Dogs only have perspiration glands on the pad of their paws. Therefore they use panting, relaxing, and drinking water to control their body temperatures. Keep their drinks full at all times!
  6. Be familiar with your dog’s medical records. It’s especially more important to keep your puppy cool if they’re older or have issues like heart attacks, obesity, or breathing problems.

How To Recover The Dog From Heatstroke?

  1. Quickly bring your dog to a cooler location (ideally indoors).
  2. Wet them extensively with water to lower their body temperature. Use warm water instead of cold! Cooling too soon can be equally as harmful as heat exhaustion, which may seem paradoxical. Use warm water rather than ice water for the dogs.
  3. Gently massage their ears and paws with more cool water—this aids in reducing fever.
  4. Dry them by placing them in front of a fan. Assess their pulse every few minutes if you have pet thermometers.
  5. Give them little volumes of warm or cool access to water as they try to cool it down. Again, no ice and no chilled water!
  6. Make an appointment with your veterinarian as early as feasible. Even if your dog appears to be healing, you should check it for panic, vomiting, kidney disease, and other heat exhaustion issues. Your veterinarian will be able to guide you through the next steps.

Conclusion

Summer is a time for relaxation, fun in the sunshine, and vacations, but the hot weather can put your canine in danger of sunstroke. To keep your entire four-legged family safe and cool this summer, you should know the symptoms, cures, and causes well. Dogs might not express it with words, but you should be aware of their actions and gestures. Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian as soon as you find some irregularities. Keep the first aid for your pet handy.