Signs of Heat Stroke:
Later Stages of Heat Stroke:
If your dog is Unresponsive, Unconscious, has Bloody Diarrhea, or is Seizuring -
Go to an Emergency Animal Hospital Immediately!
What is Heat Stroke:
Heat Stroke is a Non-
Heat Stroke is caused by an systemically intolerable Core Body Temperature that adversely effects multiple organs.
A dog’s normal core Body Temperature is 99 -
In order for a dog to involuntarily cool their Core Body temperature, they begin
to pant, and often look for a Shadier spot, under a tree, dig in dirt, or sit in
water. The more your dog’s tongue hangs out and the wider it is -
Brachycephalic Breeds have an increased chance of Heat Stroke because their snouts
do not allow the air to be cool as sufficiently as long-
The pathophysiology and consequences of Heat Stroke share many similarities to sepsis. Acute physiological alterations associated with Heat Stroke include increased metabolic demand (more oxygen required for life), hypoxia (oxygen deprived), circulatory failure, endothelial & tissue injuries (which transport oxygen), intravascular coagulation (blood clots), systemic inflammatory response syndrome, and multiple organ dysfunction.
As the dogs Core Body Temperature increases, so does the need for oxygen. Excessive
panting decreases the amount of oxygen absorbed by the alveoli (air sacs) in the
lungs, and combined with hot air -
Dangerous Core Body Temperatures are over 104 degrees Fahrenheit and at 105 degrees
For dogs with other health conditions: heart disease, liver or kidney disease, etc. Heat Stroke organ damage occurs more rapidly.
How to AVOID Heat Stroke:
SEEK IMMEDIATE VETERINARY CARE!