Heatstroke in Dogs

People in Long Beach are known to be dog lovers. At Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to providing excellent care for your pets, like family. We have a wide array of pet services, such as treating ear infections, pet vaccinations, pet dental care, nutritional counseling, allergies, and dermatological services, and we can help when your furry friend is experiencing heatstroke.

Heatstroke in Dogs

The Causes of Heatstroke in Dogs

Exposure to excessive environmental heat is the main reason behind heatstroke. There are numerous ways that your dog can be affected by external heat. Most veterinarians state that overheating during exercise accounts for most heatstroke cases in dogs. In addition, your dog can also be affected by excess heat even when relaxing out in the hot weather. Be aware that trapping your dog in a hot car or with minimal ventilation will also lead to heatstroke and is far too common.

The Symptoms of Dog Heatstroke

Humans control their body temperatures by sweating, which is not the case for dogs. This is because dogs have a small number of sweat glands compared to humans. Therefore, the most identifiable sign of dog heatstroke is excessive panting. Other signs include:

  • Vomiting
  • Mental dullness
  • Drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Reddened gums
  • Uncoordinated movement
  • Confusion
  • Weakness and collapse

Treatment

Most veterinarians advise dog owners to act fast as heatstroke is a serious emergency that can lead to death. The first important step is the reduction of body temperature. You can pour cool water on the head, armpits, stomach, and feet. Placing cool clothes in these areas can also aid in cooling down. You can give your dog a cool (not cold) drink on your way to the veterinarian’s office.

The vet will examine your dog and apply all possible measures to reduce the temperature, such as fans, cool water, or even a fluid drip. Medication may also be necessary, and the dog will be monitored for about 24 to 48 hours to make sure that it is in stable condition.

Contact Us for Dog Heatstroke Treatment in Long Beach, CA

Heatstroke is often a fatal condition that requires immediate care. At Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital, we have trained veterinarians who are ready to provide the quality care your dog needs when an emergency arises. If you live in or around Long Beach and suspect your furry friend is suffering from heatstroke, call our team today at (562) 439-4228.