How to Recognize Heat Stroke in Your Dog

We recognize the importance of being able to quickly diagnose and then treat heat related illness in your pets. That’s why we designed the Vesta system to help pet owners and parents such as yourself keep track of the temperature and passengers in your vehicle. Our system is designed to keep track of rising temperatures in your vehicle and alert you via text message if there is a passenger in danger of overheating.

Our device can only do so much however, and pets should always be closely monitored for any signs of heat stroke or other overheating related illnesses. You have to remember that dogs and other small animals; children included; are more fragile and therefore more prone to heat illness than a healthy adult.

The Most Common Symptoms of Heat Stroke in Dogs

There are varying stages of heat illness and all three stages can cause permanent health or mental faculty damage to your dog. Here is a list of the most common symptoms associated with dogs experiencing heat related illness. Keeping these symptoms in mind could save your dog’s life one day.

  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid breathing or panting
  • Thick or ropey saliva
  • Unusually red tongue or gums
  • Unusually pale gums
  • Unsteady walking
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

What to Do if Your Dog Displays These Symptoms

If your pet displays any of the symptoms listed above, you should take them to see a vet immediately. These symptoms are indicators of much more serious internal issues that may progress further if untreated by a professional. Until you can get your animal to the vet, make sure that they have access to plenty of drinking water, and that their body temperature is restored to its normal range of 101 degrees Fahrenheit to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

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March 18, 2016