Warning Signs Your Dog is Having a Heatstroke

The RSPCA’s warnings are given out for a very important reason: dogs can’t handle high heat and humidity. They aren’t made to handle that type of weather.  Dogs of all ages and conditions need owners to keep this in mind. A perfectly healthy puppy is just as much at risk for heatstroke as an elderly dog.  There is no dog that is used to the heat or enjoys the heat enough that these precautions can be ignored.

All pet owners need to know the signs of heatstroke before it’s too late. Be on the lookout for warning signs like constant panting, an unsteady gait, sticky gums, and a dark tongue.

Signs of Heatstroke Include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Staggering while walking
  • Seizures
  • High body temperature
  • The tongue that is dark or bright red
  • Sticky or dry gums
  • Bloody diarrhea or stool
  • Vomiting

Please be aware of these signs and don’t ignore them if they appear, hoping that your pet will just push through it.

Yesterday the high for the day was at 4 pm but this is when most of the dogs we spotted were out and about. It does not matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed, or used to the heat. Please be mindful of their needs, the RSPCA post stated.

If you see any of these signs, contact your local vet immediately. Get your dog to a shaded, cool space and offer them water. Try to get them cooled down quickly.