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Also known as Heat Stroke or Heat Prostration. Any time the body temperature goes above 41 C (106 F) a true emergency exists.

What to do:

  • Remove your dog from the area where the hyperthermia occurred.
  • Move the dog to the shade, and direct a fan towards him.
  • If possible, obtain a rectal temperature, and record it.
  • Begin to cool your dog down by using cool (not cold) water on the trunk and legs
  • Transport your dog directly to your veterinarian.

What NOT to do:

  • Do not use cold water or ice for cooling.
  • Do not overcool the dog.
  • Do not try to force the dog to drink water.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended for any length of time.

Signs of heat stroke:

  • Most common sign is vigorous panting.
  • Lying on his side, unable to stand – or – some dogs can be restless or agitated.
  • May be thick, ropy saliva or froth coming from mouth and/or nose.
  • Often the dog can be rigid, extending head, neck, and limbs.
  • The mucous membranes are often red, but may also be pale or “muddy”. The dog may also be exhibiting signs of shock.

Cooling your dog is very important, and although using ice or cold water might seem logical, it is not advised.
Severe hyperthermia can affect nearly every system in the body. Therefore, if your dog is suffering from hyperthermia, it is imperative that you get him to your veterinarian immediately!

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