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Heat stroke in dogs: symptoms and solutions

The heat and the getaways arrive, being easy for our dog to suffer a heat stroke (in the same way that it is easy to avoid it).

Heat stroke in dogs is a dangerous problem for them because the sudden increase in body temperature causes the collapse of their body can lead to death (as occurs between the 36% and 50% * of dogs that suffer).


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In just a few minutes the heat strokes can be very harmful, since dogs regulate their body temperature more slowly than us through panting (having only a few sweat glands in the pads). For this reason you must be aware of your dog at all times taking care that he can find shadow and a right temperature (NEVER leave him alone in enclosed spaces like cars as they can reach temperatures of 131 degrees Fahrenheit in a few minutes).


What are the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs?

Some of the most obvious signs that your dog suffers a heat stroke are as follow:

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • His skin is hotter than normal.
  • The dog is tired and exhausted.
  • His breathing becomes difficult, panting excessively, strikingly and sonorously.
  • Dizziness: the dog may lose coordination or even faint and lose consciousness.


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If you observe or suspect that your dog is suffering from any of the above symptoms the first thing you should do is call your veterinarian immediately, and meanwhile:

  • Remove the dog from the heat source.
  • Refresh the dog progressively with water (NEVER submerge it in cold water). Refresh both the head and the rest of the body (gut, armpits, …).
  • In extreme cases, the dog can be bathed in fresh water (never cold) for a few minutes to try to lower its temperature.
  • Offer water to the dog so that he can drink slowly (if he drank too quickly it could be degenerate).
  • Short haircuts are not adequate in Summer, as fur also protects them from heat.


How to avoid heat strokes?

Preventing your dog from suffering a heat stroke is in your hand:

  • Make sure your dog has clean fresh water.
  • Do not expose him to the sun or high temperatures: if he lives outside, make sure he has a good shed that protects him or put him at home.
  • Prevent trips and exits in the hottest moments.


* According to studies by veterinarian Lisa Powell (University of Minnesota).

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