Heatstroke In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments


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Heatstroke in dogs is a medical condition that happens when a dog’s body temperature rises too much. The condition often happens after a dog has been panting too much.

Dogs often end up suffering from heatstroke after being left locked inside a hot car. In some cases, heatstroke can actually prove to be fatal.

Additionally, while all dogs can suffer from the problem, flat-faced breeds such as Bulldogs and Pugs are most likely to experience it.

Sometimes, the condition is also known by the medical name hyperthermia.

If you see the signs of heatstroke in your dog, then get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for heatstroke in dogs.

Symptoms Of Heatstroke In Dogs

Heatstroke in dogs can produce a wide range of symptoms. Some of the most frequent symptoms of the condition include the following:

  • Panting a lot
  • Becoming lethargic
  • Gums turning red
  • Drooling
  • Not wanting to move
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Collapsing

Causes Of Heatstroke In Dogs

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The most common cause of the condition is a dog is being left inside a car on a hot day. Additionally, not providing a dog with shade and fresh water can also bring on the condition.

All dogs can suffer from heatstroke. But the following factors can make a dog more prone to developing it:

  • old age
  • Flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds
  • Being overweight
  • Suffering from laryngeal paralysis
  • Having lots of thick fur

Treatments For Heatstroke In Dogs

First of all, if you notice your dog is suffering from heatstroke, take immediate steps to remove them from the hot environment.

Next, try to place your dog in a bathtub and hose them down. This will help to bring down their body temperature.

If this is not an option, you can try using a towel soaked in cold water.

Always make sure that you never submerge your dog’s head under water.

Finally, provide lots of fresh water for your dog to drink. However, make sure to never actually force your dog to drink water.

In more severe cases of heatstroke, you’ll need to call an emergency vet. This is because in some cases the condition can prove to be fatal, so immediate medical help is required.

Have you ever cared for a dog who suffered from heatstroke? How did your vet help your dog recover from the condition? Let us know in the comments section below.

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