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Signs and treatment for heat exhaustion in dogs


Published: Jun 04, 2013

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Heat exhaustion is a serious issue for dogs and if not treated can lead to death. We at Baark! are serious about animal care and want you to be informed.

Signs of heat exhaustion in dogs

• Vigorous panting.

• Dark red, dry gums.

• Stumbling and lack of coordination.

• Laying down and unwilling to get up.

• Collapse and/or loss of consciousness.

• Thick saliva.

• Dizziness or disorientation.

• Diarrhea or vomiting.

If you have even the slightest suspicion that your dog is suffering from heat stroke, you must take immediate action.

Treatment of heat exhaustion in dogs

• Move the dog out of the sun and heat. Ideally, the dog should be moved to an indoor, air-conditioned location.

• Fill a tub with a few inches of cool water.

• Pour room temperature water over the dog's entire body.

• Aim a fan at the dog (if a fan is unavailable, fan the dog manually with a magazine or similar item).

• Offer a bowl of cold water for drinking.

• Seek the advice of a veterinarian.


• Please spay and neuter your animals. By ensuring your animal cannot produce more litters, you are saving lives and decreasing the suffering of unwanted animals. Please consider donating or helping with Baark!’s efforts to improve animal welfare in The Bahamas. For more information, contact us at info@baarkbahamas.org, 427-SPAY or visit our website www.baarkbahamas.com.


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