HEAT STROKE IN DOGS

HEAT STROKE IN DOGS

Heat stroke in dogs is categorized into two parts

  • Exertional
  • Non – exertional 

Exertional Heat Stroke

This type of heat stroke in dogs occurs due to a lot of exertion. Exertion can be caused either by doing an excessive amount of exercise or on hot sunny days when dogs haven’t had a chance to get themselves accustomed as there is a sudden rise in heat. On average dogs usually takes about 60 days to get themselves accustomed with the variations in the surroundings. This thing isn’t ideal for the places who are broadly in contact with the change in weather from weak to weak.

Non-Exertional Heat Strokes In Dogs

This is the second type of heat stroke in dogs which comes into action when a dog is subjected to a remarkable rise in temperature but unfortunately doesn’t having any access for the ventilation, hydration so that they can keep themselves cool. Generally, these type of heat stroke takes place in the car, a garden/park with no shade, or a very hot and packed room.

Symptoms showing heat stroke in dogs

  • Fast and heavy breathing
  • Barking in agitation
  • Immoderate thirst
  • Immoderate drooling
  • Increment in pulse and heartbeat rate
  • Variation in the colour of gums or tongue (red or purple)
  • Glassy eyes
  • The high body temperature of 40ºC (104ºF) and up
  • Staggering, weakness or collapse
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Treating Heat Stroke In Dogs

Immediately shift your dog away from the heat. Either take him in an air-conditioned room or in a shady area.

Hydrate your dog with small amount of cold and fresh water. Do not enforce him to drink water if he doesn’t want to.

Give your dog a cold water shower, if possible. Ensure that the water is not overly cold as this may lead to other complications.

Contact your veterinarian or have a visit even if your dog is responding well by doing the above-mentioned methods. Diagnosis is a must in cases of heat stroke because undiscovered things might cause complications.

You can also wipe your dog with a cool damp towel but make sure that you do not cover or confined your dog completely. Plus, place your dog in a cool an airy room with the tile on the floor, if possible.