Too Much Sun: 4 Steps To Treat Your Dog For Sun Stroke

Posted on: 6 April 2016

If your dog spends a considerable amount of time outside during warm weather, it runs the risk of developing sun stroke. This is particularly true if it doesn't have sufficient shade and water to keep cool with. Unlike humans, dogs don't sweat to regulate body temperature. That means that they need to resort to other methods to keep cool – such as panting or fluffing their fur.

Some signs of heat stroke include swollen tongue, thick saliva and labored breathing. If your dog has developed sun stroke, you'll need to act fast to lower its body temperature. Here are four steps you'll need to take if your dog has developed sun stroke.

Bring It Indoors

The first thing you'll need to do is bring your dog indoors. If your air conditioner isn't on, you should turn it on immediately. The cool air will help lower your dog's temperature. If you have a portable room fan, you should place it next to your dogs bed and turn it on to low. You don't the air to blow so hard that it makes your dog uncomfortable.

Give It an Ice Pack

Once you have your dog resting comfortably in its bed, you'll need to start cooling down its core temperature. That's where the ice packs come in. Make several ice packs and wrap them in towels. Place the ice packs in the bed with your dog. The ice packs will cool the bed and help lower your dog's core temperature. You'll also want to place a cold cloth on your dog's head. This will help cool your dog's brain and prevent heat-related brain damage.

Offer It Cold Water to Drink

While your dog is resting, you'll need to offer it cold water to drink. Allow it to drink as much water as it wants. If your dog refuses to drink water, use a syringe or turkey baster to place small amounts of water in your dog's mouth. Continue this process until your dog begins drinking water on its own.

Watch for Shock

While you're caring for your dog, you'll need to monitor it for signs of shock. This is important. Sun stroke can cause your dog to go into shock – which will require immediate veterinary care. Some of the signs of shock you'll need to watch for include:

  • Weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pale mouth

If your dog is going to be outside during warm weather, be sure it has plenty of fresh water and a shady place to rest. If your dog develops sun stroke, use the information provided above to treat the condition. Be sure to contact a veterinary hospital if the condition doesn't improve. 


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