How do dogs regulate their body temperature?
Since they don't have sweat glands (aside from a few in the paw pads), dogs cool themselves by panting and heat exchange (convection) through the skin. In extreme heat, this just isn't enough to keep up with a rapidly rising body temperature.
Is your dog high-risk for heat stroke?
Brachycephalic breeds ("snub-nosed" dogs like Pugs, Bulldogs, & Boxers) are at an even higher risk due to their often inefficient respiratory function.
Dogs with thick, long fur (such as Huskies, Pomeranians, & Samoyeds) have more difficulty dissipating heat through their skin.
What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke occurs when your dog is no longer able to regulate his body temperature.
A dog with a body temperature of 106 or higher is in immediate danger!
Without treatment, heat stroke causes multiple organ failure, and can result in permanent brain damage, cardiac arrest and death.
Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs
First Aid for Heat Stroke
If you experience an emergency with your dog outside of our office hours, get to the nearest Emergency Vet as soon as possible: