How to prevent heat strokes in dogs

Heat stroke is one of the most dangerous effects of high temperatures in summer. Concerned about the heat wave of the last week, veterinarians of the AniCura Marina Baixa Veterinary Hospital (HVMB) offer us some key tips to protect our dogs and pets from the terrible heat strokes.


Unlike humans, dogs do not have sweat glands all over their bodies; they only have them on the legs and can only regulate the temperature through their panting. Heat stroke is a reaction in which the body temperature rises sharply and the organism is not able to compensate it, which causes multiorganic dysfunction that can lead to death. Clinical signs appear when the body temperature exceeds 42°C, with excessive panting, rapid breathing, weakness and event convulsions, loss of consciousness, vomiting and diarrhoea.


Heat stroke is a medical emergency and it is necessary to urgently take the dog with these signs to the veterinarian. Very young dogs, old ones, obese and brachycephalic dogs (like the English and French bulldog or the pug, among others) can suffer heat strokes even in winter.


Heat strokes in pets


How you should protect your pet from heat

It is necessary to protect our dogs from heat strokes, especially in summer. According to the experts of the veterinary hospital AniCura Marina Baixa, some of the most important precautions that we must take are these:


  • Do not leave dogs in hot places, like a car or a terrace without any sun protection.
  • Avoid exercise and walks at times of maximum heat.
  • Let the dog always have fresh water.
  • When travelling in summer it is important to put air conditioning to an adequate temperature, take breaks and provide dogs with fresh water during the journey.


At AniCura Marina Baixa veterinary hospital they help you to adequately protect your dear pets. Their team of professionals has given us before guidelines about hip replacement in dogs, prevent leishmaniasis, rehabilitation and physiotherapy of pets or arthroscopy, one of the specialities of veterinarian José Rial, responsible for traumatology, neurosurgery, CT scanner and endoscopy at this veterinary hospital. Would you like to know more about their specialities? Leave us your questions and comments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!



AniCura Marina Baixa Veterinary Hospital

Paseo Mitja Llegua, 17, Alfaz del Pi (Alicante), between Benidorm and Altea

Phone: +34 966 860 669



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