Beat the Heat: Prevent & Treat Canine Heat Stroke

June 16, 2024

As temperatures soar, it’s crucial to recognize and act swiftly against heat stroke and heat exhaustion, both medical emergencies. Heat stroke is severe, marked by an internal body temperature above 103°F, confusion, seizures, and unconsciousness. Heat exhaustion, while less severe, involves heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, and nausea.


Treatment Steps:

  1. Move to a Cooler Area: Immediately get the person or pet out of the sun and into a shaded or air-conditioned space.
  2. Hydrate: Offer cool water (not ice-cold) to drink, if conscious.
  3. Cool the Body: Apply cool, wet cloths or ice packs to the neck, armpits, and groin, wet their fur and paws.
  4. Seek Medical Help: Call emergency services if symptoms are severe or worsening.

What Not to Do:

  • – Do not give ice-cold water
  • – Avoid using ice baths, which can cause shock.
  • – Do not wait for symptoms to improve on their own.

Preventing Heat Stroke in Pets:

  • – Ensure they have access to fresh water and shade.
  • – Avoid strenuous activity during peak heat.
  • – Never leave pets in parked cars.

Are there Massage Benefits for Heat Stroke?

Massage typically increases the body’s temperature and is not a recommended treatment for acute heat stroke.  However, regular massages could improve overall well-being and stress management, potentially aiding in quicker recovery post-heat exposure.

Stay safe and proactive in hot weather, both for yourself and your furry friends!