How to Identify Heatstroke Symptoms in Dogs & How To Prevent It

How to Identify Heatstroke Symptoms in Dogs & How To Prevent It

 

 

Getting too hot will develop heatstroke in dogs if their temperature isn’t able to be reduced. Unfortunately, dogs can die because of it, so, you have to know the symptoms of heatstroke in dogs to be able to prevent it.

 

 

Heatstroke warning signs

  • Vomiting or collapsed

  • The dog appears uncoordinated, drowsy, or lethargic

  • Difficulty breathing and heavy panting

 

Emergency First Aid for dogs

Dogs’ body temperature needs to be reduced immediately if they suffer from heatstroke. Doing this will increase your dog’s chances of survival.

 

How to Identify Heatstroke Symptoms in Dogs & How To Prevent It

How to Identify Heatstroke Symptoms in Dogs & How To Prevent It

Here are the steps:

  • Transfer your dog to a cool and shaded place
  • Pour cool water (15-16°C) over him “make sure not to pour very cold so your dog does not get a shock). Water from the tap is great. Avoid pouring water near his head.
  • If the dog’s condition is too bad, any water can do the job.
  • Do not wrap your dog with wet towels as they trap heat, which can make the condition even worse.
  • You can put wet towels under the dog if his condition requires them.
  • Give your dog a little bit of cool water to drink.
  • Pouring water over your dog should be continued until he starts breathing normally.
  • Rush your dog to the vet as soon as he’s cool.

 

Tips to prevent heatstroke in cats and dogs:

  • Keep a shaded, cool area, both outdoors and indoors, in the reach of your pet.
  • Avoid exercise on hot days as it may lead to other problems like burning their paws from hot pavements.
  • Do not ever leave your cat or dog in a hot room or car.
  • Make sure that your animal has available water to drink (you can add ice to keep the water cool.

 

 

In conclusion, prevention is better than cure, so, try your best to avoid any heatstroke for your pet by following the above tips. However, if a heatstroke strikes your dog, you can handle it by following the above steps.

 

 

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