What is heat stroke?

Posted: 24th July 2019

With temperatures already hitting 20° and set to soar to over 30°c today – please take care of your dogs…

Heat related illnesses are almost always preventable, but it’s critical to know when your dogs are at risk.

What is heat stroke?

Heat stroke occurs when a dog’s body temperature gets too high. Unlike humans, who can sweat freely and all over their bodies, dogs can only sweat through their noses and the bottoms of their paws. Instead, they cool themselves down by breathing out warm air and taking in cooler air through their mouth and tongue… also known as panting.

Heat stroke occurs when dogs can’t cool themselves down effectively. As their body temperature continues to rise, their organs begin to shut down. Severe heat stroke can even be fatal.

Spotting signs of heat stroke in dogs

  • Heavy panting
  • Bright pink or red tongue and gums
  • Lolling tongue
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness and stumbling

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