Dogs, unlike humans, do not perspire. The only sweat glands dogs have are on the pads of their feet. In order to self-cool, dogs will pant and use a method known as ‘convection’ to help cool their skin. By doing this, a dog can help exchange the warmth in their body for the cooler air outside. However, consider what happens when the air outside is not much cooler. What if your dog has been running around playing in the heat?
Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs
It is important to know the signs of heat stroke in pets. While some are similar to humans, there are others that are not as glaringly obvious. Some signs your dog may be overheated include:
- Increased panting
- Increased salivation
- Weakness or dizziness
- Thick and/or sticky saliva
- Bright red tongue or bright red gums
- Increased heart rate
If the heat stroke is allowed to progress into a more serious condition, your dog could suffer from seizures, cardiac arrest, coma, or in the worst case and with continued negligence, even death.
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