Heat Strokes in Dogs

Heat strokes in dogs are most severe and too complicated medical conditions that hit the dogs. When there are heat strokes in dogs, they do not sweat. On summer and hot days, the temperature of the dog’s body rises, the respiratory rate is also increased to recover from the excess amount of heat mounted up in the body. Due to excess heat, some dogs are not able to pant quickly. Eventually, this leads to rise in temperature to some unexpected alarming levels result in heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion in dogs in an alarming high level of temperature is the condition result in heat strokes in dogs.

Normal body temperature of the dogs is around 100 – 101 degree Fahrenheit. When there are heat strokes, the temperature may alleviate to 105 to 107 degree Fahrenheit. High temperature at this level refers to moderate or mild heat strokes in dogs.  When it is not addressed immediately with proper medical attention, the body temperature rises more than 107 degree Fahrenheit, which leads the dogs to survive only for a few minutes and in maximum cases less than an hour. Every pet owner should be aware about this condition and the symptoms, before the condition turns fatal.

Causes of heat strokes in dogs:

As stated earlier, exposure of dogs in hot and humid conditions causes heat strokes in dogs. Following are some circumstances that might result in exposing the dogs in some hot conditions.

  • Leaving the dogs in a hot car
  • Instructing the dogs to exercise in the hot weather
  • Dogs playing under the hot sun or direct sunlight
  • Location of kennel exposed to excessive heat, etc.

Further, heat strokes in dogs are caused in certain breeds due to the shorter nose anatomy. They are highly exposed with the risk of developing heat strokes, because breeds like bulldogs, pugs, etc are unable to enhance their panting rate.

Symptoms of heat strokes in dogs:

The first and major symptom of heat strokes in dogs is excessive panting. When you notice that your dogs are likely to pant more, it is quite possible that the dog is likely to get affected by heat strokes. In addition to excessive panting, there are few other symptoms of heat strokes in dogs, include the following:

  • Bright or red tongue
  • Discoloured or pale gums
  • Not responding to the calls
  • Vomiting
  • Thick saliva
  • Difficult breathing
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Weariness

Collapse or coma in dogs is also the symptoms of heat strokes in dogs in severe stage, which is developed when the temperature rises to a great extent.

Treatment of heat strokes in dogs:

As stated earlier, when the pet owner notice any of the symptoms of heat strokes in dogs, it should be reported immediately to the veterinarians. Further, there are few home remedies of heat strokes in dogs that are effective in treating the condition. Affected dogs should be immediately taken from the direct sun exposure or from the car and should be taken should be a cool and shady place. To bring down the temperature levels, you can soak some cloth in cool water and place them on the dog. However, very cold or ice water should not be used in dogs with heat strokes, because extreme cold adverse the condition instead of suppressing the temperature. It is because, the ice cold water contract the blood vessels, resulting in rising the internal temperature. Further, feed the dogs with cool water. In addition to home remedies, the dogs should be taken to veterinarians immediately.

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