5 Signs of heat stroke in dogs

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Now that Summer is upon us, we are dealing with hotter days. And depending on where you live, you may not have a break from the heat. For some people, you may even live in an area where central air is not available or air-conditioning is not as common. Whatever the case may be, fighting the heat can be a challenge.

And as pet parents, it is even more important to pay attention to the heat and the signs of heat stroke. Because dogs can also end up with heat stroke, just like people. In fact, there are certain things that will actually increase the risk of heat stroke in dogs. For instance, if your dog has long hair, is elderly, or they are obese, they are at a greater risk for heat stroke.

So what exactly are the signs of heat stroke in a dog?

5 things to look out for when it comes to possible heat stroke in your dog

Throwing up or an excessive amount of drool

If you notice that your dog is drooling more than they normally might, this is potentially a sign of a problem. And throwing up is absolutely not a good thing. These two signs go together, hand-in-hand, and are definitely important indicators of heat stroke. Especially when they are combined.

Their gums are purple or red

If your dog gums change colors, this is an indication that there is a problem. And when combined with other issues, including drooling and vomit, you know that there’s something wrong.

Staggering legs

Is your dog suddenly unsteady on their paws? Do they seem to be staggering around? This is another sign or indication of potential heat stroke.


Seizures are never a good thing. And if your dog has never had a seizure before, and the temperature is over 80°, this could be a clear indicator of heat stroke. If your dog is not only having a seizure, but you’ve noticed anything else out of the ordinary with them, you will absolutely want to get them to the veterinarian.

Excessive panting

Panting excessively can be a sign of any number of issues with our dog. Recently, we talked about how it is also a sign of stress. And if your dog is suffering from heat stroke, they are in distress and they are stressed. So it makes sense that they would be panting heavily. When you combine heavy panting with other signs, including drool and discolored gums, you know that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. And in particular, these are all indications that your dog is suffering from heat stroke.

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