Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke in dogs.
Some signs of heatstroke are:
- heavy panting;
- glazed eyes;
- a rapid heartbeat;
- difficulty breathing;
- excessive thirst;
- lack of coordination;
- profuse salivation;
- a deep red or purple tongue;
- and unconsciousness.
Dogs at high risk for heat stroke:
- older or very young dogs;
- overweight dogs;
- dogs not conditioned to prolonged exercise;
- pups with heart or respiratory disease.
Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat. Also – once a dog has had heat stroke or exhaustion, they are much more likely to have it again.
What To Do If Your Dog Exhibits These Symptoms
- Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
- Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her.
- Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
- Take her directly to a veterinarian.