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Dogs and Heat Stroke

Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke could save the life of your dog or others. Extreme heat often plaques many areas of the country and heat stroke in dogs is not uncommon. In the following paragraphs you will learn what to look for and what to do if you believe your dog is having heat stroke.

Signs and Symptoms

Excessive drooling, foam around the mouth, heavy panting, labored breathing, rapid heartbeat, red tongue or gums, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of muscle control or coordination and restlessness are the major symptoms to be aware of. But you know your dog better than anyone and should take note if you see your dog is acting out of the ordinary in extremely hot situations. Being overly cautious is perfectly acceptable in any situation as serious as this.

Treatment

If you do believe your dog is suffering from heat stroke it's important to act immediately. Don't wait to see if the symptoms get worse, if they do your dog could parish. When treating a dog for heat stroke you must move slowly through the steps. Cooling your dog down too quickly could worsen the situation. Begin by wrapping a cool wet sheet around your dog or by placing cool wet towels on his feet, neck, head and chest. Immersing your dog in water is all right to do as long as the water is cool and not cold. Offer your dog some water or ice to lick while he is being treated. The next step requires taking him to the vet to be examined. That's the only way you can be assured that he didn't suffer internal damage. The veterinarian can also make sure that his body temperate is back to normal.

Planning is the best thing you can do to ensure your dog has a safe summer. Come up with a detailed plan regarding what you will do for your dog in extreme weather situations. If you typically walk your dog before work you might want to alter the time you wake up so you can do it earlier before the sun comes up and the temperature gets too hot. At night walk your dog after the sun has gone down and make sure the asphalt isn't too hot for his feet.  A dog walking service or neighbor may be able to help you out in these situations. Never leave you dog in a vehicle on a hot day and always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh, cool, clean water to drink.


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