Heatstroke Danger for Dogs

The dog days of summer are here

but no dog should be out in this heat.

Canines cannot cool themselves like humans. Limit a dog’s time outdoors to less than 30 minutes in temperatures above 90 degrees F.

Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

  • when panting, look for a paddle shaped tongue
  • bright red gums
  • excessive salivation
  • increased heart rate (if you know your dogs normal heart rate as this varies with the size of a dog)
  • body temperature 105 and above

heatstroke in dogs

In Severe Cases

  • disorientation
  • collapse
  • pale gums
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • coma


First thing is to get the dog to a cool area ASAP!  No chatting with friends, move it!

Get the dog immersed in cool water.  In a bath, kiddie pool, stream, lake, whatever you can find.  Be sure to hold the dog’s head above water.  The dog is likely to be very weak and could collapse in the water.  Do not let the dog swim!

If there are no baths around, use a hose or shower to drench the dog in cool water.

If neither option above isn’t available immediately, use a towel or clothing soaked in water to mop water on the dogs groin area, head, neck and ears.  (The groin area on the inner thighs contains big veins and little fur)

Let the dog drink as much water as he wants

Put a package of frozen vegetables or crushed ice wrapped in a thin towel on the dog’s head and neck to keep his brain cool.

Continue treatment until the dog’s temperature is below 103 degrees F.

It is best to get your dog to the vet immediately and it is a must if your dog suffers from signs of severe heat stroke.  The dog may be suffering from shock as well and must see a vet.

My dog Heidi fights the heat and has a bit of fun with her toys in her kiddie pool on a hot summer day.


One Response to “Heatstroke Danger for Dogs”

  1. […] Down the hill we went as Grom’s tongue began turning in to a paddle shape and his flybys became more infrequent. Time for a break in the shade. Find out about doggie heat stroke in THIS post. […]

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