What To Do IF Your Dog Is Overcome By Heat
Hyperthermia (Heat Stroke)
Heat Stroke usually occurs when a dog is confined to a hot, poorly ventilated area such as a parked car, dog carrier or structure such as a garage or shed. A yard without shade and water access can also induce heat stroke. Dogs that have bulldog-type faces, are overweight, or are elderly are more susceptible.
The initial signs of heat stroke include weakness, dilated pupils, open mouth, panting, a staring expression, salivating, vomiting and inability to stand.
To treat the dog, remove it from the hot area to a place where it can get fresh, cool air. Use a spray water bottle or towels soked in cool water on the dogs head and body. You can also immerse the dog up to its neck on a cool bath. Make sure the water is cool - -not icy -- you do not want to over chill or shock the dog. The dogs condition should improve within 10 minutes. Give the dog ice cubes or a small amount of water to help replace lost body fluids(If you let the dog drink too much of water,he will choke and vomit). After the dog is revived, call your veterinarian.
To prevent heat stroke, never leave your dog in a parked car or confined space when the weather is hot. Always allow your dog to have plenty of circulating air, shade and access to water.