How to Recognize the Symptoms of Canine Heat Stroke

It gets hot in Florida, especially during the months of August and September right before cooler weather starts to make its way into town. Floridians are well-versed in the symptoms of heatstroke, but did you know that dogs can suffer from heatstroke, too?


Dogs cool themselves down by panting, but if their body temperature continues to rise, then they are at risk of developing heat stroke, which can be fatal if not addressed immediately.


In this post, we share the most common symptoms of heatstroke in canines, so you can be prepared for those sweltering days.

What Causes Heatstroke?


Heatstroke in dogs is dangerous but completely preventable. Usually, the cause of heatstroke is carelessness on the owner’s part. If it’s a hot day and a dog is left outside without shade or water, or left in a car- this can lead to heatstroke.


Also, some dogs are more at risk than others, including dogs with underlying medical conditions, thick fur, and shorter noses.

Look Out For These Symptoms


If your dog has been running around outdoors in the sun or on the beach, look out for these heatstroke symptoms:


  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Red gums
  • Diarrhea
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of consciousness


If you notice your dog displaying these symptoms after being in the heat, call your veterinarian and let them know you’re on the way.


Remove your dog from the heat and serve them drink cool water without forcing them to drink. Place a damp towel on their body, but refrain from administering any type of medication, such as aspirin.

Heatstroke Prevention


It’s paramount to avoid letting your dog remain outside without shade or water for long periods of time. Make sure they are in a well-ventilated area, and never leave a dog in a car with the windows closed.


Note: This article is for informational purposes only and not intended as medical advice. If you have questions about your dog’s condition, always consult your veterinarian.






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