Know The Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke (Abstract)

Panting Dog

Symptoms of canine heat stroke include:

1. Excessive and/or seemingly uncontrollable panting,

2. Inordinately viscous saliva,

3. Stupor,

4. Ataxia- loss of coordination,

5. Bright red tongue or gums,

6. Uncommonly pale gums,

7. Loss of skin elasticity,

8. Dry mucous membranes,

9. Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea,

10. Tachycardia,

11. Weak pulse- from hypotension,

12. Nausea,

13. Vomiting,

14. Shivering, and

15. Elevated rectal temperature- above 104°.

If you observe any of the above symptoms, stop exercising your dog and commence treatment immediately.  Untreated prolonged hyperthermia can result in seizures, renal failure, cardiac arrest, unconsciousness (syncope), shock, and death.

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