Know the Symptoms of Heatsroke

Cats and dogs do not perspire like us humans. While we have a million sweat glands, dogs and cats cool themselves simply by panting through their mouths. Because of this they can overheat much quicker than ourselves.

So it is important to know the symptoms of heatstroke:

  • Excessive panting
  • Tongue that is bright red or dark in color
  • Clammy gums and/or tongue
  • Lethargy
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Vomiting, possibly with blood
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Seizures

What to do if you suspect heatstroke:

  • Get out of the heat asap
  • Cool off with cool water by wrapping her in a wet cloth or by pouring water on them starting at their neck to the pads of their paws (MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT USE COLD WATER)
  • Call you vet or get to the neareest ER vet immediately

If not treated quickly, heatstroke can be fatal. Very young, very old,  those with health problems, active dogs, and short nosed dogs are prone to heat stroke.

The best things to do:

  • Keep your pets inside with AC--if outdoors, make sure to provide them with a shady area
  • Keep their activity level low-they do not know when to slow down and stop on their own so it is up to us to do so
  • Take walks in the early morning, or early evening. Avoid the cement or asphalt. If you must go out for a midday walk, stick to grassy areas and keep an eye on your pets
  • Make sure your pets have access to fresh cool water
  • NEVER leave your pet in an unattended car with no AC. You car can heat up to over 100 degrees with in minutes
  • Don't let you dogs ride in the back of your pickup. Hot air and reflection from the floor/sides can overheat your dog faster than one might think