While August is winding down, the high temperatures in the southern states and other areas of the country are still hitting peak high temperatures that can cause heat stroke in your dog(s). It is important for all dog owners to know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stroke. This calls for being observant and to check on your dogs throughout the day, especially if they are outdoor dogs.
The concern of heat stroke shouldn’t only be for outdoor dogs. Dogs that stay indoors and go on daily walks, can also experience heat stroke. The difference in the temperature inside your home and blazing temperatures outside, can be a shock to your dog’s system. It is recommended that you start out with short walks and letting your dog get used to the high temperatures. Increase time slowly as permitted by your dog’s tolerance of the distance and heat.
Be sure to watch your dog closely when walking your dog, especially on super hot days in order to notice any changes from your dog’s normal habits. It is also important to let your dog rest awhile taking long walks and to provide water.
Here are some of the common symptoms of heat stroke in dogs to look for:
- Heavy panting
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Trouble maintaining balance
- Increased salivation turning to very dry gums
- Sometimes bleeding
Please note that all symptoms may not be present, however, any of the above symptoms should be taken seriously if your dog is outdoors during extreme heat. Take your dog to your vet to be checked out.
Advanced symptoms of heat stroke in dogs include:
- Pale gums which may turn a grayish color
- Breathing becomes shallow
- Breathing is slow or absent
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea containing blood
- Seizures which can lead to a coma