Heatstroke occurs when a dog loses its natural ability to regulate its body temperature. Dogs don't sweat over their bodies the way humans do. Canine body temperature is primarily regulated throughrespiration (i.e., panting).If a dog's respiratory tract cannot evacuate heat quickly enough, heatstroke can occur.To know whether or not your dog is suffering from heatstroke (as opposed to merely heat exposure), it's important to know the signs of heatstroke. A dog's normal resting temperature is about 100.5 to 102.5 degrees F.Once a dog's temp rises above 105, physiological changes start & the dog begins to experience the effects of heatstroke. At 106 to 108 degrees, the dog begins to suffer irreversible damage to the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart and brain. If a dog is experiencing heatstroke, you may observe excessive panting; hyperventilation; increased salivation; dry gums that become pale, grayish and tacky; rapid or erratic pulse; weakness; confusion; inattention; vomiting; diarrhea; and possible rectal bleeding. If the dog continues to overheat, breathing efforts become slowed or absent, and finally, seizures or coma can occur.The amount of damage a dog sustains when stricken with heatstroke depends on the magnitude and duration of the exposure. The longer and more severe the exposure, the worse the damage will be.Pay attention!!! Recognizing the symptoms of heatstroke & responding quickly is essential for the best possible outcome. If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, move it into a shaded area out of direct sunlight. Apply cool water to the inner thighs & stomach of the dog, where there's a higher concentration of superficial, large blood vessels. Apply cool water to the foot pads.
Use running water. A faucet or hose is the best way to wet down your dog's body. Never submerge your dog in water, such as in a pool or tub - this could cool the dog too rapidly, leading to complications. Give it cold water to drink👍🐶❤️