Heatstroke is the ultimate and often deadly result of overheating that is caused by a dangerous elevation in a dog’s body temperature. While it most often occurs to dogs left in cars during the summer months, it can also happen in late spring and the first weeks of summer if a pet is exposed to high temperatures before he or she has acclimated to the heat.
Symptoms of overheating include:
1. Heavy panting or rapid breathing
2. Excessive thirst
3. Bright or dark red tongue and gums
4. Staggering or stumbling
6. Excessive drooling
If you see these signs, please immediately remove them from the heat source, get them a bowl of water and take them to the vet!
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