The Dog Trainer outlines the 6 major signs that your dog is overheated and in need of veterinarian assistance asap.
Summer is here, and so is potential heatstroke.
My favorite answer to this question was given in a blog post by the veterinarian Louisa Beal: “If it’s hot and your pet isn’t acting right, get to a vet.” In other words, wondering whether your pet’s symptoms match those of heatstroke is a dangerous waste of time.
But in case you want to make sure, here are the symptoms of heatstroke in dogs:
- heavy panting
- thick saliva
- reduced activity/unwillingness to move around
- rapid heartbeat
As for first aid: On your way to the vet, in your car with the air conditioner turned up full blast, a human passenger can put cool water—not ice—on the dog’s paws and other hairless body parts.
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