What are the signs that a dog is suffering from heat stroke? How do we treat it?

Question by tibs_ribs: What are the signs that a dog is suffering from heat stroke? How do we treat it?
I think my dog suffered from heat stroke. But I’m not sure if that was the case. He was like lying in one corner the whole day, breathing heavily with mucus and saliva coming out of his mouth. He lost his appetite but I’m pretty sure that he didn’t eat something really bad. I thought it was heat stroke because yesterday was 39 degrees Celsius (Believe it or not) here in Manila. Hope you have any home remedies or idea on how to treat this since we cant afford to go to the vet. Hope you guys can help me on this… Thank you very much!

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    Chrissy D May 20, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Lethargy, loss of appetite, heaving breathing – these are all signs that he may have suffered from heat exhaustion. This can be fatal and he should have gone to the vet for supportive care. Since it happened yesterday and he is still with us, consider yourself lucky. Pets need medical attention, just as humans – which can be expensive. You should have taken this into consideration before getting him. Some health problems can not be cured with “home remedies” and need immediate veterinary attention. Next time, when it is that hot – do not leave him outside, keep him in a cool place with fans blowing or the AC on, keep PLENTY of fresh, cold water available to him and if he still suffers from the above symptons you can wet the pads of his paws with alcohol until you GET HIM TO THE VET.

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    Dog Lover May 20, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Not sure it would be that since it was only 39 degree. If you can’t afford to take him to a vet how do you feed him then and get his shots he needs. Why do peopel keep saying don’t say take him to a vet, or I can’t afford to take him to a vet. This gets me upset. If you dog is sick and needs medical attention like your dog he needs to see a vet. Work out a payment plan with your vet then. But for goodness sakes dont’ say you can’t afford a vet cause then you can’t afford to take care of your dog. If you love him then take him there money or no money please.

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    Roz May 20, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Heat stroke is an emergency that requires immediate treatment. If left untreated, you should know that your dog WILL die. Dogs do not tolerate high temperatures as well as humans. They depend upon rapid breathing to exchange warm air for cool air (instead of sweating like us). Accordingly, when air temperature is close to body temperature, cooling by rapid breathing is not an efficient process.

    Heat stroke begins with rapid, frantic, noisy breathing. The tongue and mucus membranes become bright red, the saliva is thick and the dog may start to vomit. It sounds like your dog is exhibiting these signs, just besides the vomit. Its temperature will be high, sometimes over 106 degrees F. If the condition is allowed to go unchecked, the dog becomes unsteady and staggers, has diarrhea that often is bloody. The dog will become progressively weaker and eventually slip into a coma and die.

    Treatment: Emergency measures MUST begin at once. Mild cases respond to moving the dog to a cooler surrounding, such as an air-conditioned building or car. If the dog’s temperature is over 104 degrees F, or if it’s unsteady on its feet, the dog should be cooled by immersion in a tub of cold water. If this is impossible, hose your dog down with a garden hose. For a temperature over 106 degrees F, or if the dog is near collapse, give a cold water enema. A more rapid temperature drop is imperative. Cool to a rectal temperature of 103 degrees F.

    Heat stroke can be associated with swelling of the throat. This aggravates the problem. A cortisone injection by your veterinarian may be required to treat this. You should really figure out a way to pay for your dog to go to the vet if you value his health. Good luck.

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    teenytiny May 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

    what you dog may have is heat exhaustion, if he had a stroke his brain funtion would have ceased and if he recoved he’s have some brain damage and walk funny and have alot of problems that would lead to death if left un treated. With heat exhaustion is the stage before the animals body temp gets too high and kills the brain function which equals heat stroke. I would run cold water over the dog, give him lots of water and perhaps bring him in the house or garage with fans on. Try and give him a hydrating drink of some sort, something like gatorade no sugar though. you can put a small amount of salt in his water as that is what most sports drinks have to help keep you hydrated.
    Careful about his age, some dogs who are off feed, drooling heavily and if any diarrhea then it may need a vet.

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    HiD May 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

    lethargic (not moving around). loss of appetite are the symptoms. what u need to do, is FORCE hydrate him. give him water, MAKE him drink it. if u have a syringe(without the needle) or sumthing like that, that would be best. u also need to take him outside and run the water hose ALL over him, including his FEET! dogs cant sweat, so they have a higher chance of getting heat exhaustion after doing ALL of this…….take him to an Emergency vet ASAP! dont worry about cost. if u dont get help for him, there is a good chance u could loose him if left untreated. u said he’s been like this ALL day? well that just makes it even more of an emergancy. PLEASE take him to a vet! hope he will be ok…. God BLess♥

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    Linda A May 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Heat stroke happened to one of my dogs several years ago on a very hot day and he was only outside a short time. My husband took him inside immediately and took him down to the basement where it was much cooler than upstairs. I gave my husband a sheet and my hubby dappened it with cool water and covered our dog with the sheet. His breathing started to turn normal and he seemed to be fine . Just to be on the safe side we did take him to the Vet to have him checked out. You should never have let your dog like that all day. You cannot afford a Vet?? You can work out a payment plan with your Vet or somethng. People who cannot afford a pet should not have one. it is the poor animal that suffers!

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