As a dog owner, it’s important to be aware of the signs of heat stroke in dogs, especially now that it’s summer.
Now that it is sunny and warm, it is the perfect opportunity to have some outdoor fun with your furry companion. However, summer isn’t all fun and games, especially when it is overly hot outside. All dogs, no matter the size or breed, are at risk for heat stroke, so it’s important to understand what heat stroke is and what the signs of heat stroke are.
What is heat stroke?
Heat stroke is a type of non-fever hyperthermia, and it happens when your dog’s body can no longer handle excessive heat. When your dog’s body temperature reaches 106 degrees Fahrenheit without any signs of inflammation, it could lead to dysfunction in multiple organs, spontaneous bleeding, seizures and, in extreme cases, even death .
What are the signs of heat stroke?
- Excessive Panting
- Excessive Drooling
- Thick Saliva
- Increase in Heart Rate
- Pale Gums
- Bright Red Colored Tongue
- Frequent Diarrhea and/or Vomiting
- High Body Temperature
- Irregular Heart Beats
- Muscle Tremors
Now that you know what heat stroke is and what the signs of heat stroke are, you need to know what causes heat stroke, what the risk factors are and what to do if you think your dog has it. To learn more about heat stroke, please stay tuned for our Levittown veterinary clinic’s next blog. As always, please contact us right away if your dog needs medical attention or if you have questions or concerns.