Extreme heat is unhealthy for everyone, but particularly for dogs. In summer, temperatures can rise rapidly in a matter of hours, and conditions are then prime for heat stroke, overheating, or “heat exhaustion” in dogs, as it’s sometimes called.
Catching a heat stroke in its early stages can help prevent permanent damage to your dog’s internal organs. Some early signs of heatstroke include:
• Excessive or loud panting
• Extreme thirst
• Frequent vomiting
• A bright red tongue and pale gums
• Skin around muzzle or neck doesn’t snap back when pinched
• Thick saliva
Look out for signs of worsening heat stroke. The dog’s heatstroke can be worsening if he begins to exhibit any of the following:
• Increased difficulty breathing
• Gums that turn bright red, then blue or purple
• Weakness and/or fatigue
• Collapse or coma
TREATING HEAT STROKE
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