Pet Care Advice 》 What to Do If Your Dog Gets Overheated

1. Mild heatstroke symptoms include drooling, acute asthma, and restlessness. You can help unwrap the collar and keep the environment ventilated so as to reduce heat. Dogs should drink water as much as they want and they can also lick ice if available. If possible, you can also move a dog to a cooler and better ventilated place immediately and take the rectal temperature and record it.


2. Moderate heatstroke symptoms include difficulty breathing. You can move the animal to a cooler and well-ventilated place. Wiping cool water on the dog's abdomen, four paw pads and the rear neck are recommended. Water at room temperature is better than ice water as this can actually constrict the blood vessels and prevent heat from escaping the body. Taking your dog to the veterinary clinic is necessary after relieving the initial symptoms.


3.Severe heat stroke: Symptoms include loss of consciousness. Solution: it’s better to move the animal to a cooler and well-ventilated place and wipe the dog with cool water. You can also use alcohol to wipe the body surface, especially the abdomen where there is no hair and also the pads of their paws (the most commonly used method). After this, the dog should be taken directly to the veterinary hospital. During transportation, you should keep the dog’s head down and neck straight, keeping the airway open to prevent vomiting.




If a dog is suffering from heatstroke or showing signs (e.g. lethargy, depression, collapse, persistently increased breathing rate and heart rate, vomiting, etc.), the pet owner should give the dog first aid QUICKLY and then bring it to the vet IMMEDIATELY. During Transportation, the pet owner should do his/her best to continue the cooling. For example, pouring cold or ice water on the dog; putting the dog in an air-conditioned car; fanning the dog and/or wiping the dog with cold cloths during the journey. The pet owner should not wait too long and try to treat it at home – your vet is trained to diagnose and treat heatstroke, as well as any further complications that may arise.