Heatstroke in dogs

Is your dog excessively panting and acting lethargic? If you see that their temperature is 104 or higher, there is a good chance that they are experiencing Heatstroke. Read more about symptoms, myths about ice cubes and what to do if your dog starts experiencing these uncomfortable symptoms. 

Heatstroke in dogs

What is Heatstroke in dogs?

Heatstroke in dogs is when your dog has a body temperature higher than 104 degrees. 

Symptoms of Heatstroke in dogs also includes:

  • Excessive panting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Reddened gums
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Mental dullness or confusion
  • Loss of movement control or consciousness 

What to do if you are seeing signs of Heatstroke?

  1. Move to a cool or shaded area away from the direct heat
  2. Pour cool water over the dog
  3. Encourage the dog to drink small amounts of water
  4. Continue to pour cool water until breathing settles

Do not use water that is “too cold” for drinking or pouring!

Make sure that the water you are using for your dog is not so cold that they begin to shiver. This will lead to other complications in the near future.

Is ice bad for dogs?

NO! Contrary to popular belief, feeding dogs ice or using ice in their water is not dangerous to their health. Dr. Tina Wismer, the Medical Director of ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, states that “Dogs do not bloat from drinking ice water on hot days… They can be given as treats or put in the water bowl. Some behaviorists even recommend freezing toys or treats in ice for dogs to chew on.” 

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