First Aid for Heatstroke in Dogs

First Aid for Heatstroke in Dogs

Any problem can be avoided if we adopt the right strategy. Similarly, we can also prevent heatstroke in dogs if we take steps to regulate their body temperature at all times.


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Tips for dog owners to protect their dogs and cats from heatstroke

As a pet owner, you must be exceptionally watchful regarding the health of your pet and the temperature outside. The outside temperature has a huge role to play in keeping the pet's health in check.

If the temperature outside is extremely high, you must take all the steps and measures to prevent heatstroke.

Ensure the area is well-ventilated if your dog is playing or sitting outside. If there is proper air circulation, the chances of experiencing a heatstroke decrease significantly.

While traveling, ensure the dog is kept in a crate with enough ventilation. If you leave the dog in the car alone, keep the windows open so the air can pass through.

Heatstroke treatment at home for dog

Heatstroke can be fatal, so prompt treatment is crucial.

If you notice symptoms of heatstroke in your dog, take these steps:

  • Shift your dog to a cooler place.
  • Pour cool water on the dog to regulate body temperature.
  • Avoid using cold water to prevent shock and complications.
  • Regular tap water is suitable for this purpose.


What to keep in mind?

  1. Keep pouring small amounts of water until their breathing stabilizes and they feel better.
  2. Avoid pouring water on their head to prevent water inhalation and potential drowning, especially if the dog is unconscious or has a flat face.
  3. Place a wet towel under the dog to avoid trapping heat and worsening the situation.
  4. Rehydrate your dog according to their comfort and requirement, without forcing them to drink too much at once.
  5. Loss of consciousness in a dog with heatstroke does not mean they are out of danger.
  6. Immediate medical intervention is necessary to restore their body temperature to normal.

How to avoid heatstroke in dogs?

  1. Provide enough water to your dog (at least 2 liters)
  2. Never leave your pets unattended for a long period in a closed vehicle. Leave your car down, or keep the AC on.
  3. Keep your pets in a shady spot where pets are not allowed. 
  4. Give them a small workout session, not more than 30 minutes daily. Avoid playtime during the blazing noon heat.


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It's vital to keep an eagle eye on your pet's ambient temperature and humidity using Waggle Pet Monitor. Be it on the road or under the roof, keep them safe and comfortable.