Heat stroke in Dogs How To Tell Signs Of Heat Stroke in Your Dog

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How To Tell The Signs Of Heat Stroke In You Dog


Signs of overheating which can lead to heatstroke in dogs


Rapid panting
Bright red tongue
Curled tongue
1) When the tongue gets wide at the tip, your dog is getting hot.
2) When the tip curls UP, the dog needs to begin the cooling down process. Stop exercise, allow dog to rest in a cool place.
3) When the tongue curls up and IN like a hot dog bun, the dog is in danger of overheating, and dog should be removed from the heat, stop all exercise and watch for others symptoms.
Dog need medical attention when symptoms regress to include ~Wide eyes
Thick saliva


Take the dogs temperature. A dog suffering from heat stroke will have a temperature of 103ºF (39.5ºC) or above. Ideally, don’t try taking the temperature until you have removed the heat source and tried to cool them down. Moreover, only take their temperature if it’s not likely to disturb or upset them. Use a rectal thermometer to take the dog’s temperature:


  • If you’re using a mercury thermometer, you will have to reduce the mercury to below 94ºF (34.4ºC) by shaking it lightly.
  • Lubricate it with a lubricant such as petroleum or KY jelly.
  • Ask a helper to hold the dog by holding the head and front part of the body.
  • Locate the rectum and lift the tail for access.
  • Carefully insert the thermometer into the rectum about one inch (2.5cm); do not let go of it.
  • Wait two minutes for a mercury thermometer, or until a digital one beeps. When this happens, carefully remove the thermometer and read the temperature.
  • A normal rectal temperature is about 100.5ºF – 102.5ºF (38.6ºC to 38.9ºC). If the dog’s temperature is above this, heat stroke is likely.
  • Keep tabs on the dog’s rectal temperature as they recover. If it returns to a normal level (below 103ºF/39.5ºC), you can stop the cooling techniques; however, keep the dog in a cool area and make sure they have water. Once body temperature reduces to normal, the cooling will continue naturally provided the dog is in a cool place.




If you suspect heat stroke, get the dog to your veterinarian as soon as possible. There are related long-term issues, such as internal organ failure, to which your dog might have been exposed.







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