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HEAT STROKE
 
This can be a very serious condition that occurs in dogs that become overheated after exercise in hot weather, are left outside in hot weather without shade, or if they are left in a car. Some of these dogs may have some other medical condition that predisposes them to heat stroke. A dog that becomes overheated needs to be treated quickly and aggressively by a veterinarian. A dog's normal temperature is between 100 and 102.5 degrees. If you can take your dog's temperature and it is 105 degrees F or greater, then it is at risk for developing heat stroke. Dog breeds with short noses (pugs, bulldogs, boxer, etc) are particularly susceptible to overheating.

Signs that your dog may be over heated include:
  • Excessive panting even after resting
  • Drooling
  • Bright red injected gums
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody urine
  • Collapse
Just cooling the dog with water is NOT an adequate treatment. If not treated quickly and aggressively these dogs can develop acute kidney failure and die. Transport to veterinarian or Animal Urgent Care immediately.

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