Heatstroke is not something to take lightly. It is sizzling hot in Albuquerque and that could put your dog in danger. Heatstroke can not only cause immediate and mild discomfort, but can cause brain damage and even death. Make sure you know the signs of heatstroke.
One of the reasons dogs get heatstroke is because they don’t sweat out their excess body heat like people do. The biggest way your
Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs
- Excessive or loud panting
- Extreme thirst
- Fast, noisy breathing
- Bright red tongue
- Pale guyms
- Thick saliva
- Increased heart rate
Dogs will often not stop retrieving if they are over heating, so it is up to their humans to make sure they are not overheating. You need to watch your dog closely for these signs.
Best Ways to Treat Heatstroke
Heatstroke should always be taken seriously.
- Remove your dog from heat immediately. If possible move them inside to an air conditioned area, or at least a shaded area with good airflow.
- Restrict their activity so they don’t continue to heat up.
- Give your dog cool, or room temperature, water in small amounts. If he won’t drink it just apply some to his lips, gums and tongue. If you dog refuses the water, you can use cool or room temperature beef or chicken broth. If you r dog cannot drink the water on his own you can try squeezing some from a facecloth or clean towel.
- Cool your dog down physically with water. DO NOT dunk your dog in a big pool or bath full of water. You do not want to cool them down too fast as this can cause other medical issues. Using a hose, at a reduced pressure, to spray her down will help slowly cool her down
- DO NOT give your dog ice water or cool down with ice at all, or even really cold water. This can slow down the cooling process and cause other problems.
- Wet a towel and place it between her back legs and in her armpits. This will help cool her down quickly but safely.
- Put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and apply it to the pads of his feet. Dogs release heat from their pads. Rubbing them with rubbing alcohol can draw out some of their heat. Do not use too much as it can be harmful if your dog ingests.
- Place your dog on a cool tile floor if possible.
- Do not put them in a crate. Your dog needs to be able to get good air circulation and you do not want to trap any heat.
- Place cool, damp towels over your dog and let them sit with a fan blowing over their body.
- CALL THE VET! Even if you dog seems to be cooling down and is doing ok, you must call your Albuquerque vet. There can be a lot of consequences of heatstroke and your dog will likely need to be evaluated quickly.