Is Your Dog Overheating?

Keeping your dog cool and comfortable is an important part of his overall health and wellness. Learning to recognize signs of overheating is just as important. You need to know what overheating looks like so you know when to jump into action and provide care for your dog. Heatstroke can develop extremely fast and cause serious damage to your dog’s internal organs. Dogs do not sweat like humans do. In fact, dogs only have sweat glands on their feet. They instinctively pant in order to keep themselves cool. Symptoms of overheating or heatstroke in dogs include an increased heart rate, excessive panting, increased salivation, bright red tongue, pale gums, thick and sticky saliva, depression, weakness, dizziness and even vomiting. Call your vet immediately upon these symptoms. You should also take your dog to a cool place and place cool towels on his back. Offer your dog cool water if he can drink on his own. For more tips, call your professional animal hospital Washington DC.


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