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You Will Need
- Cool location
- Rectal thermometer
- Cool water
Look for symptoms of heatstroke. These include rapid panting, increased heart rate, weakness, dry mucous membranes, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and coma.
Move the dog
Immediately move the dog to a cooler location, like a shady spot or air-conditioned building.
Check the dog's temperature using a rectal thermometer, and call a veterinarian if the temperature is above 105 degrees.
Cool the dog
If the dog is overheated, but their temperature is not 105 or higher, cool the dog by saturating its fur with cool water or immersing the animal in cool water to gradually lower their body temperature.
Recheck the dog's temperature every few minutes until it reaches 103 degrees, and then halt cool water treatments.
Provide the dog access to water if it is able to drink on its own. Following recovery, have a vet examine the dog to be sure there are no complications. With proper treatment, your faithful canine should make a full recovery.