Dog First Aid - Emergencies (Heatstroke)
We got a PAWsome pocket handbook on Pet First Aid by The National Humane Society and we just had to share it with you! We know how important your pet's health and safety is and we want to make sure you have the information at your finger tips! We will have the information in individual blogs so it's easy for you to find based on what you need to know!
This blog post is on the symptoms and treatments on heatstroke.
NEVER leave your dog in a parked car in hot weather and watch for signs of overexertion.
  • Body temperature at 104 degrees or above
  • Excessive panting
  • Inability to move
  • Bright red tongue or gums
  • Bloody diarrhea


  • Remove your dog from the heat, and place in a cool area.
  • Check your dog's temperature. Check here for normal temperatures.
  • Spray your dog with cool water. Retake their temperature. You can also try putting water soaked towels on their head, neck, feet, and/or abdomen.
  • Repeat until normal temperature is restored and your dog is better hydrated.
  • Once a temperature of 104 degrees is reached, stop the cooling process and seek immediate veterinary help. Many consequences of heatstroke won't show up for a few days. If a temperature of 104 degrees is not reached in 10-15 minutes, seek immediate veterinary help.
November 25, 2021 — Amanda Gyetvay