With the hot weather upon us, it is important to be aware of the dangers of heatstroke – a life threatening condition, caused by the elevation of a dog’s body temperature. The risk of heatstroke is much greater for dogs as they only perspire around their paws and nose. The most effective means for a dog to expel excess heat is panting, which moves cool air through the nasal passages and around the body. If a dog doesn’t have access to cool air- either because of high temperatures outside or a confined environment – they are at risk of over heating.


Symptoms of Heatstroke


-excessive panting

-excessive salivating

-bluish-purple or bright red hums, due to inadequate oxygen supply to the tissues

How To Treat

  1. Cool your pet down on the way to the vet. Get them into the car with the AC running. Use a spray bottle to lightly mist them with water. DO NOT submerge pet in ice water, it can cause more damage.
  2. Get them drinking. If your dog is able to drink, give them a large bowl of water.
  3. Seek veterinary attention. Heatstroke is a serious condition that requires immediate attention and intensive care is generally required to save the pet’s life.


  1. Never leave your pet unattended in the car.
  2. Keep your dog well hydrated.
  3. Carry water.
  4. Provide shade
  5. Avoid walking on hot days.