It’s vital every dog owner learns these 5 main signs and symptoms of heatstroke in dogs. Heat stroke can kill and it can kill incredibly quickly, so picking up on the fact that your dog is starting to overheat early can save their life!
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1- Excessive panting – Mouth completely open, tongue right out, tongue may even appear swollen
2 – Excessive drooling – Evaporating saliva takes heat away from the body, cooling the dog
More saliva produced is an attempt to cool a dog down more. Saliva will become more thick and stringy – a sign of developing dehydration
3 – Dry, red gums – Dry gums as dehydration develops, Bright red as the blood vessels dilate to try and dump heat
4 – Vomiting and diarrhoea – Body heating up, organs and systems starting to struggle, Breakdown in the intestinal lining causing vomiting and diarrhoea, Might be fresh blood or stool might be black and tar-like
5 – Confusion, wobbly, collapse – As heat stroke develops, the nervous system becomes compromised, Changed mental state: confused, dull, depressed, wobbly, collapsed, twitching + seizures, comatosed, dead
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