Last Updated on January 12, 2021
Before we even jump to the heatstroke symptoms, let’s talk about what is a heatstroke. A heat stroke is something that happens when our bodies overheat. One of the leading causes of stroke is being exposed to high temperatures for a long time, making your body temperature rise considerably. When it comes to dogs, if their body temperature is 103°F or 39.4°C, know that it is not normal, and you should check that out. And if their body temperature is at 106°F (41°F) or more than your dog is experiencing a heatstroke and you should do something about it as soon as possible! But unfortunately, we don’t always have a thermometer with us, so how can you tell if your dog is having a heart stroke? Here, we will give you a list of stroke symptoms your dog might have, and in the end, we will provide you with some tips on how you can treat a heat stroke in dogs.
1. Your dog is panting a lot
Even though panting is normal for dogs, you have to pay attention and notice when the panting is becoming more like hyperventilation. If your dog is panting non-stop, especially during a hot day, rush to them and give them fresh water. If needed, place your dog in a cool area where they can rest. You need to pay extra attention if you have certain dog breeds like pugs because their faces are flatter than other dogs, so they cannot pant effectively, which makes them more prone to a heat stroke.
Dehydration doesn’t always mean your dog is overheated, but it can be one of the signs of heatstroke. But how do you know that dog is dehydrated? A tip we can give you is to always look at their nose. Normally, dogs have wet or humid noses; if it’s dry, they are probably dehydrated. Tiredness and darkness around the eye is also a symptom that something is not right.
3. Your dog is not peeing
Not being able to pee is a consequence of severe dehydration that can be related to a heat stroke. An adult dog produces between 10 and 20ml of urine every day for each pound of their body weight. Of course, you’re not going to measure your dog’s pee, but just so you get the idea, approximately, every adult dog has to go outside at least three or even five times a day to pee. Start counting how many times your dog is peeing per day and, if possible, check if it’s in small quantities a lot of times if so it might be time to call your vet.