Heat Hits in Dogs
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Heat Hits in Dogs

Dogs are much more sensitive to heat than humans partly because they do not possess a thermoregulation mechanism based on sweat like us. During the summer months, we must be cautious with the heat and be aware that they live in high temperatures with more significant discomfort, even fatal, when heat shocks occur. And we must warn that heat strokes are very dangerous and can end a dog’s life in a relatively short time. Here at Best Family Pets, in this article will indicate the keys to preventing and detecting it.

What is a heat stroke?

Dogs fundamentally regulate their body temperature through respiration. They do not perspire like us since they only have sweat glands in the pads, so practically all their thermoregulation goes through to increase the respiratory rate. That is why we often see them panting and with their mouths open.

The average temperature of dogs oscillates between 38-39 ºC. Heat strokes occur when the brain centers responsible for setting in motion the mechanisms that regulate the temperature do not start or are not enough. In those cases, the dog’s body temperature can reach 42 degrees, endangering its physical integrity.

How do we know that he has a heat stroke?

  • We see that he lacks strength. He is down, not want to move.
  • That increases breathing or that it was challenging to live.
  • That heart rate increases considerably.
  • We observed an alteration in the color of the gums and nose, as bluish.
  • Muscular tremors.
  • It can wobble and even get to vomit.

What can we do?

A heat stroke is a veterinary emergency, and as such, it should be treated. The dog should be taken to the veterinarian with maximum urgency. On the way, we can try to moisten the head and neck with water cloths that are not very cold; do not cover with fabric. Moisten to facilitate heat output.

It is equally dangerous to try to lower the temperature at a stroke, so it is forbidden to wet it with cold water suddenly. 

How to prevent it?

After reading about the great danger that can pose a heat stroke for our pets, we do not doubt that prevention will be the best way to avoid disappointment. In addition, the measures to prevent them are simple and common sense.

  •  Avoid playing sports in the hottest hours. This point is obligatory since physical exercise and heat by common sense are hazardous.
  • During walks, you can wear a refreshing jacket as in the photograph that helps maintain the regulation of the temperature.
  •  Please do not leave the dog in the car  (for many windows, we leave open). A stopped car is a furnace for a dog.
  • On long car trips, be attentive to your dog to detect a possible increase in body temperature in time. We will make stops offer water often, and moisten it with a cloth head, gut, and armpits  (with warm water, never very cold).
  •  Do not leave the dog in places exposed to the sun  (without the possibility of taking refuge under a wide area of ​​shade): terraces, roofs, gardens, etc.
  • Provide safe and continuous access to fresh and clean water. The dogs consume more water in summer, so it must be considered.
  • Give to eat in the hottest hours of the day (at dawn or dusk).
  • If your pet has a  cardiac or respiratory problem, you should know they are at higher risk, so you should protect them more. Consult your veterinarian to rule out decompensation and seek advice.
  •  Brachiocephalic breeds like the bulldog are more predisposed to heat stroke because of their difficulty in breathing, so they have to increase precautions. 

How Lil Doggie can help heat strokes in dog?

Lil Doggie can help heat strokes in dogs by cooling them down and keeping them hydrated. Lil Doggie products keep dogs cool, hydrated, and comfortable in hot weather. If your dog shows signs of heat stroke, such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, or appearing lazy, give them a Lil Doggie Cooling Collar or Cooling Vest to help them recover. Make sure to keep your dog hydrated by offering them fresh, cool water frequently, and avoid walking or exercising them in hot weather.


A heat stroke is a very serious condition that can be fatal for dogs. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a heat stroke, so that you can take action quickly if your dog does show any signs of one. There are also several measures that you can take to prevent a heat stroke from occurring in the first place. If you are ever in doubt, always err on the side of caution and consult your veterinarian for advice.

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