The HEAT is ON!
Canine Zone|December 2019 - January 2020
Recognising and treating heatstroke and dehydration
Dr Larry Kraitzick

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.

SYMPTOMS

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

SECOND STAGE

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

• Disorientation

• Collapse or coma

TREATING HEAT STROKE

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