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Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

We’re well into another scorching Arizona summer. This can be a dangerous time of year for dogs. Our canine buddies can easily overheat on those sweltering days. After all, Fido is wearing a fur coat! It’s important to watch for signs of heat exhaustion, which precedes heat stroke. If your pooch gets heat stroke, he could be in serious trouble! Heat stroke is extremely dangerous. It can lead to organ failure, and can even be deadly. Read on as a Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses heat exhaustion in dogs.

Prevention

As the old saying says, an ounce of treatment is worth a pound of cure. Take steps to protect your dog from the worst of the heat. We recommend keeping pets indoors, in rooms cooled by fans or AC, as much as possible in summer, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Don’t encourage your four-legged pal to run or play until evening, when it’s cooler. If Fido does spend time in the yard, make sure he always has a cool shady spot to rest. Making sure your canine friend always has plenty of water is also crucial. You can add ice cubes to his bowl on hot days if you like.

Symptoms

Keep a close eye on your furry buddy at all times, and watch for warning signs that he is overheating. Heavy panting is often the first thing you will notice. Other symptoms to look out for include red gums, drooling, wobbling, trembling, vomiting, dark urine, a warm back, a decrease in urine output, dizziness, unusual behavior or vocalizations, and rapid or irregular heartbeat. Ask your vet for more information.

Treatment

At the first indication that Fido is too hot, take action immediately. You’ll need to give him some water and get him out of the heat right away. Take him to a place that is cooled by fans or air conditioning. You can also wrap a cool, wet towel around him. A fan can also help. If you have a hose handy, you can also spray your furry pal down. Pay close attention to his head, neck, chest, and belly, especially the areas between both his front and back legs. Contact your vet as you are doing this, and ask for further instructions.

Please contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ pet hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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