Ask a vet about preventing overheating in pets

Ask a vet what are some signs that your dog is overheated?

Panting is one of the most early and common signs, followed by the dog appearing dull or disoriented.  Breathing is usually fast and noisy.  They may even collapse or convulse.  Their gums may either be bright red or blue.  Vomiting, diarrhea, and internal bleeding (manifesting as red/purple spots on the gums, skin, urine, or feces) may occur.  Sudden death from cardiac arrhythmias is even a possibility.

If your dog is just panting and you aren’t sure if they are in danger for overheating, you can attempt to take their temperature.  Heat stroke usually occurs at a temperature of 104 F and over .  Keep in mind, rectal temperatures are the most accurate way to take your dog’s temperature, however, if they have stool in their rectum, it will be artificially lowered.

What should you do if you suspect your dog is overheated?

Grab your dog – wet him or her with cool tap water, and head to the veterinarian ASAP!  Wrap your dog in a wet towel on the way to the hospital, as lowering the temperature (slowly, not rapidly) is of crucial and timely importance.  Cool tap water, not ice, should be used.  If you dog shows interest in drinking water, allow them by all means.  If you dog is unconscious, make sure no water can get up their nose or mouth.  Call your vet en route, so they can have a team prepared to act quickly!

Dog panting heat stroke