Hot summer days can cause heatstroke for dogs; learn the signs


Logan Kemsley with the Animal Welfare Department stopped the KRQE Studio will a special guest to talk about animal safety when it comes to summer heat. 

Kemsley also brought in Bella, a 10-year-old pitbull mix who is looking for a new home. She’s a sweet, calm dog who would make a great couch buddy. For more information about Bella, click here.

Summer Heat and Pets

As summer gets hotter, pet owners need to be alert and attentive to their pets. They also need to treat any signs of heat stroke as quickly as possible. 

Signs of heatstroke for dogs:

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Fever dizziness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Deep red or purple tongue
  • Unconsciousness

If your pet does shows symptoms of heatstroke, take steps immediately to gradually lower his or her body temperature and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Follow these tips, and it could save your pet’s life:

  • Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over your pet.
  • Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  • Take your pet directly to a veterinarian.

For more information about adoption, upcoming events or popular pet topics, click here. 

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