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How To Tell If Your Dog Is Overheating

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Five Signs Your Dog is Overheated

It is important to be able to identify if your dog is overheating, Dogs don’t have sweat glands like humans so they are likely to overheat easily if the weather gets too hot. Here are signs you can look out for to determine if your dogs if getting overheated.

  1. Excessive panting and short of breath
  2. Excessive drooling
  3. Changes in gum color or tongue (bright or dark red)
  4. Excessive thirst
  5. Disorientation, stumbling or weakness
  6. Vomiting

How to Cool A Dog that is Overheating

If your dog is exhibiting any of the above signs, here are some things you can do to save your dog and prevent further issues from arising.

  1. Get him indoors to a cool place, like an air-conditioned room or in front of a fan.
  2. Put wet clothes in three different places (behind his hind legs, armpits, and neck). This will cool your pup off. You can also gently wet your pet’s ears and paws with cool water.
  3. Offer your pup cold water, if he is willing to drink.
  4. Take your dog to the vet. You can call ahead of time so they are ready for what you want them to do.

If your dog becomes unconscious, do not wait and take him to the vet.


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