Heatstroke (hyperthermia) occurs when a dog’s temperature reaches 105°F. Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting (short, shallow breaths), increase heart rate, drooling, and in advanced cases, seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

If you observe these symptoms:

  • Transport your pet to shaded and cool environment and direct a fan to blow onto them.
  • If possible, measure their internal temperature and record it.
  • Place cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin region to begin to reduce the temperature.  Wet the ears and paws with cool water.
  • Transport them to Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix (or the closest veterinary facility, if out of town) immediately.
  • DO NOT use cold water or ice for cooling; this is not an effective method. Room temperature water is ideal.