What Are the Symptoms of Heatstroke in Dogs?

The Dog Trainer outlines the 6 major signs that your dog is overheated and in need of veterinarian assistance asap.

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
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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
  • stupor
  • collapse
  • coma

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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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).