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Heat stroke in the dog: How to recognize him


The hot summer months bring a lot of effort for your four-legged friend. You should be able to recognize a heat stroke in the dog as quickly as possible - first aid can be a lifesaver here. Tumbling and apathy are signs that indicate a heat stroke in the dog - Image: Shutterstock / Evgeny Subbotsky

Dogs tend to have a rapidly increasing body temperature - so in summer it is of course important to be able to quickly recognize the warning signals of a heat stroke. Dogs only regulate their body temperature by panting with their tongues and sweating on their paws. Unfortunately, fever and heat stroke in the dog often occur faster than expected. And caution is required here: from a body temperature of 41 to 43 degrees Celsius, it becomes life-threatening for the dog.

Heat stroke in the dog: alarm signals

In general, caution is advised at high temperatures when it comes to direct sunlight. If your four-legged friend is outside for a long time, you should pay closer attention to his behavior: does he look dull and apathetic? Heavy panting is a clear sign to detect a heat stroke in the dog. Some dogs also have difficulties with normal movements - such as wobbling.

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How to recognize your four-legged friend's overheating

If the dog's heat stroke is very advanced, there is a risk of a circulatory collapse. Unconsciousness is the unmistakable sign here. Vomiting is also a symptom that some four-legged friends have if they overheat too much. Of course there is a need for action in a matter of seconds. First aid such as immediate cooling and hydration are necessary. In the best case, have your dog checked again by the veterinarian.