As the temperatures rise in Arizona, it's nice to get outside and enjoy the good weather. When humans get hot, they begin to sweat, but dogs show they're overheated much differently than we do. Do you know the signs of heat stress in your pooch?

Heat stroke can happen in your dog in as little as 15 minutes. Knowing the hidden dangers of heatstroke can help pet owners act fast to prevent a tragedy.

Signs of heat stroke in dogs.
Know the signs of heatstroke in your dog. // Canva

Watch for Signs of Heatstroke in Your Dog

The Arizona Humane Society offers advice on keeping pets safe from heatstroke. When it's hot, limit exercise and ensure your dog has access to clean, cool water.

Protect your dog's paws against hot surfaces by testing sidewalks and roadways to ensure they're not too hot for his sensitive paws.

Signs of heat stroke in dogs.
Check the pavement temperature before letting your dog walk on it so he doesn't burn his paws. // Canva

Test the ground temperature before walking your dog. It's easy, and you don't need special tools. Try holding your hand on the pavement for five to seven seconds. If you can't touch it for that long, it’s too hot for your pet. Pavement temperatures can reach up to 125°F, which is far too hot for your pet's sensitive paws.

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The Animal Health Institute echoes this advice, advocating sun protection, hydration, and avoiding hot pavement to prevent burns and heat stroke.

Signs of heat stroke in dogs.
Always give your dog access to clean, cool water. // Canva

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How to Tell if My Dog May Be Suffering from Heatstroke

The Arizona Department of Agriculture reminds us that heat stroke in pets is a dire emergency. If you think your dog may be suffering from heat stroke, call a veterinarian immediately and take action to cool them down.

  1. Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs:
    • Heavy panting and rapid breathing
    • Excessive drooling
    • Bright red gums/mucous membranes
    • Higher heart rate
    • Dehydration
    • Elevated body temperature
    • Vomiting (with or without blood)
    • Diarrhea (with or without blood)
    • Disorientation, stumbling, muscle tremors, weakness, and collapse
    • Seizures or death
  2. Take Prompt Action: If you suspect heatstroke, immediately take your dog to the veterinarian. Take immediate steps to cool your dog down, such as using a water hose, putting them in a shower or bathtub, and using cool water to lower their body temperature. Stop cooling your dog when their temperature reaches 103°F.
Signs of heat stroke in dogs.
Know the signs of heatstroke in your dog. // Canva

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Preventing Heatstroke in Pets

The best way to keep your pets safe is to prevent heatstroke before it happens. Follow the advice from the Arizona Humane Society.

Tips for Pet Heat Safety:

  • Never leave pets in vehicles: The inside of a car can quickly become an oven.
  • Limit outdoor exercise: Opt for cooler morning or evening hours.
  • Hydration is key: Always provide constant access to fresh water.
  • Mind the paws: Hot surfaces can burn. Test pavement and keep on grassy areas.
  • Watch for distress: Recognize signs of heat stroke and act swiftly.
Signs of heat stroke in dogs.
If your dog gets too hot, take steps to cool her down. // Canva
Signs of heat stroke in dogs.
Cool your dog off with a hose. // Heat Stroke in Dogs: Signs and Emergency Treatment via YouTube User Veterinary Secrets.

Learn more about keeping your dog safe by watching the video Heat Stroke in Dogs: Signs and Emergency Treatment from YouTube creator @Veterinary Secrets.

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