What To Do When A Dog Has Heatstroke

What To Do When A Dog Has Heatstroke


During a hot summer it’s important not to forget that our dogs can suffer with heatstroke. We are all aware of the dangers of leaving your dog in the car during hot weather, but they can also suffer heatstroke from being left in an area with no shade or having continual exercise or play. This may cause their body temperatures to rise to dangerous levels. Dogs that have a thick coat or shorter snouts are particularly susceptible. The normal temperature range for an adult canine is between 100–102.5℉ or 37.8–39.2℃.

Signs that your dog is suffering with heatstroke:

  • Rapid / heavy panting
  • Bright red tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • A dry mouth with thick / sticky saliva
  • Collapse
  • Diarrhoea
  • Seizures
  • Sweaty paws
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Unconsciousness

How to treat a dog with heatstroke:

  1. Remove the dog from the area immediately
  2. Place cool, wet towels over the whole body (except the face) and keep replacing the towels as they become warm – DO NOT use cold water as you do not want to cool the dog too quickly
  3. Once the dogs temperature is lowered to within the normal range, dry the dog and keep warm with a blanket to avoid shock or hypothermia
  4. Encourage the dog to take sips of water
  5. Take your dog to a vet for a check up even if the dog appears to be OK

Our First Aid Kit For Dogs contains an instruction booklet that provides advice to help you treat your dog.

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