Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets

July 1, 2014
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Summer is coming and with that are some new hazards to be aware of when out and about with your dog. Heatstroke can be the serious and often fatal result of a dog’s prolonged exposure to excessive heat. Don’t forget to keep an eye open for the signs of heatstroke.

Early Stages:

  • Heavy panting.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to maintain balance.

Advanced Stages:

  • Lethargy, unwillingness to move.
  • Uncontrollable urination or defecation.
  • Labored, noisy breathing.
  • If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, try to cool the dog down:

    • Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water.
    • Bring the pet inside immediately.
    • Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes.

    If you cannot get the dog cooled down and you begin to see signs of advanced heatstroke, take the dog to the veterinarian immediately.

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    One Response to “Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets”

    1. RedRover says:

      Thank you so much for reporting on the dangers of keeping dogs in hot cars! Every year around the country, dogs die after being locked inside cars while their owners shop or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.

      Red Rover operates the My Dog is Cool Campaign to let people know that leaving a dog in a car for even “just a few minutes” may be too long. People who want to learn more about this issue, and educate others, can find downloadable fliers and brochures on our Web site:

      Thanks again for this lifesaving segment!

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