DOG HEATSTROKE SYMPTOMS

The best part of summer is the hot sunny heat, right? Not necessarily if you’re a dog. If the mercury rises too high, dogs are prone to experience heat stress (too much exposure to high temperatures) or heatstroke (too much sun with high humidity). Look out for signs of heatstroke in dogs:

  • staggering instead of walking properly
  • panting more than usual, with a slight rasp
  • looks overtly anxious with a delirious expression
  • warm skin as well as dry
  • and restless behavior
  • temperature of over 104°F
  • inappropriate salivation in his mouth

You can help your pooch survive extremely hot weather by keeping him indoors in a cool interior room. Try wrapping a plastic bag of frozen peas in a towel, and placing it in his bed for a cool spot to lie. Make sure he has several bowls of cool water available. And it doesn't hurt to drop an ice cube in once in awhile, not only to cool the water, but to pique his interest in drinking.