Saturday, 14 June 2014

Summer Series Part 1: Recognising and Treating Heatstroke

A Spaniels Tail symptoms signs treating treatment heatstroke summer

Summer seems to be well and truly here, and while we all enjoy the warm weather and sunshine, please spare a thought for us doglets. Unlike you sweaty Hoomans, us dogs keep cool by panting and only sweating a little through our paw pads.  No wonder that if we get too hot, we can be at danger of heatstroke.

So it is important to know the signs of heatstroke in your furry friend.

Signs of heat-stroke:

  • Heavy panting
  • Increased body temperature (104ºf +)
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glazed eyes
  • Anxious behaviour, staggering, weakness
  • Very red gums, possibly turning blue in extreme situations 
  • Drooling
  • Very rapid heart rate
  • Vomiting and bloody diarrhoea 
  • And in severe cases - collapse, convulsions, shock

What to do if your dog is suffering with heat-stroke:

  • Phone your vet straight away and seek advice.  Veterinary attention may be required. If symptoms are serious. 
  • Take the dog out of the hot environment somewhere cool
  • Immerse the dog in TEPID water, cooling gradually, using a shower or jug.  Then douse the dog in COOL water, particularly the head and neck (do not use ice-cold water) or cover your dog with wet sheets.  If you have a fan, that can further help cooling. 
  • Allow the dog to drink as much water as he wants in small quantities at a time.  A pinch of salt in the water can also aid rehydration.
  • Continue to douse the dog in cool water until his breathing starts to settle  
  • Seek veterinary attention as soon as is safe to do so

WARNING: Do not throw cold water over your dog!  The shock could be too much for the dogs heart,

If a dog's temperature is not reduced immediately, heat-stroke can be fatal.

So I hope all you lovely owners have found this useful.  Next in the Summer Series will be tips and ideas on keeping your dog cool!

Lottie x

Summer Series Part 2: Keeping Dogs Cool
Summer Series Part 3: Open water and dog safety
Summer Series Part 4: Does your dog have hay fever?
Summer Series Part 5: Pests and other pesky things! 


  1. Wise words this time of year and we should all keep an eye out on all pets out and about.v
    Happy Farther's day to your daddy and have a lovely serene Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

    1. Thanks Molly! I am single parent dog - no daddy in this household (though I think Hooman would like there to be!)
      Lottie x

  2. Great post! Thanks for sharing, Lottie! :) xo

  3. Hello! great post, I pinned it and shared on pawsgo!

  4. That was a great post! Very impawtant and I thank you for sharing!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. Great post! My little long coat chihuahua has a gorgeous furry bed but I think she was finding it a little too warm to lie in during the hot weather so I slipped a cotton pillow case over the furry inner cushion to make it cooler for her! So easy to take off and wash too if it become dirty!