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Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

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Make sure you know the signs of heatstroke in dogs, it could save their life.

Albuquerque has been hitting temperatures in the low 100’s. It is safe to say it is HOT!  Make sure you keep yourself hydrated and safe from the heat. But make sure you keep your dog safe too.

Symptoms of heatstroke


  • Panting
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive drooling
  • Increased body temperature – above 103° F
  • Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
  • Production of only small amounts of pee or no pee
  • Sudden kidney failure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Shock
  • Stoppage of the heart and breathing
  • Sudden breathing distress
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in the bowel movement or stool
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding
  • Changes in mental status, like disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors
  • Wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken gait or movement
  • Unconsiousness

Dogs that have a history of heat related disease, puppies or older dogs, dogs with heavy coats, overweight dogs, heart or lung conditions, short-nosed dogs, are all at a higher likelihood of getting heatstroke.

Treating Heatstroke

It is best to treat heatstroke as quickly as you notice it. Early detection is the best treatment.

  • Get them out of the sun into air conditioning
  • Spray them with cool (not cold) water
  • Wrap them in cool wet towels
  • Give them cool (not cold) water
  • Put them in front of a fan
  • Never give them ice cold water. This can cause constrictions in their blood vessels that lead to other serious health complications.

If your dog has had heatstroke, they need to be evaluated by your Albuquerque vet as soon as possible to make sure that they have recovered and do not need further veterinary car.


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.