How do I know if my dog has a heat stroke? Signs to Watch Out For
Early signs of heatstroke include: heavy panting and rapid breathing, excessive drooling, dry mucous membranes, bright red gums and tongue, skin hot to the touch, and a higher heart rate. Affected dogs become hyperactive and may have difficulty maintaining balance.
How do you treat heatstroke in dogs?
- Move the dog to a shaded and cool area.
- Immediately pour cool (not cold to avoid shock) water over the dog.
- Wet towels placed over the dog can worsen the condition, trapping heat.
- Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water.
Can a dog recover from heat stroke? If left untreated, recovery from heat stroke is almost non-existent. Some dogs can fully recover from heat stroke if it is caught and treated early enough. Others can suffer permanent damage to their organs and require lifelong treatment.
What are the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion in dogs?
- Excessive panting or difficulty breathing.
- Excessive drooling.
- Bright red, gray, purple, or bluish gums.
- Lack of urine.
- Rapid pulse.
- Muscle tremors.