Heat stroke in dogs - Precautions and treatment - LAZE MEDIA

Heat stroke in dogs

Heat stroke in dogs is a serious condition that occurs when a dog’s body temperature rises to dangerous levels, typically above 104°F (40°C). Dogs can’t regulate their body temperature as effectively as humans, and they are more susceptible to overheating, especially in hot and humid conditions.

dog heat stroke

dog heat stroke

With temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius, Kerala is grappling with severe heat both day and night. Even the minimum temperature hovers around 30 degrees Celsius in the State. While the official advice is to avoid direct sun exposure from 11 am, health and weather experts recommend staying indoors as early as 9 am. Relief from the heat is not expected until at least mid-May.

Symptoms of heat stroke in dogs

  1. Excessive panting
  2. Drooling
  3. Rapid heartbeat
  4. Red or pale gums
  5. Vomiting
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Weakness or collapse
  8. Seizures
  9. Unconsciousness
dog heat stroke

dog heat stroke

Preventing heat stroke in dogs

  1. Avoid exercising your dog during the hottest parts of the day.
  2. Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your dog when outdoors.
  3. Never leave your dog in a parked car, even with the windows cracked open.
  4. Consider using a cooling vest or mat for your dog during hot weather.
  5. Be aware that certain breeds, such as brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds like Bulldogs and Pugs, are more susceptible to heat stroke and may require extra precautions.

Urgent Treatment for Heat Stroke

  1. Move the dog to a cooler, shaded area.
  2. Offer small amounts of cool (not cold) water to drink.
  3. Wet the dog’s fur with cool water or place cool, wet towels on their body, focusing on the head, neck, and groin areas.
  4. Use a fan to increase air circulation around the dog.
  5. Do not use ice-cold water or ice packs, as this can cause the blood vessels to constrict and prevent heat from escaping the body.
  6. Monitor the dog’s temperature and stop cooling measures once it reaches around 103°F (39.4°C).
  7. Seek veterinary attention immediately, even if the dog seems to be recovering, as heat stroke can cause internal damage that may not be immediately apparent.