Signs of severe heatstroke are rapid panting, wide eyes, staggering, and weakness. If suspected, you can take the animal's temperature rectally. Any temperature above 106 degrees is dangerous. The longer the temperature remains at or above 106 degrees the more serious the situation. Heatstroke can be fatal in minutes! Place your pet in a tub of cool running water, or spray with a hose being sure the cool water contacts the skin and doesn't simply run off the coat.
Thoroughly wet the belly and inside the legs. If possible, take a rectal temperature to know when to stop cooling. A safe temperature is about 103 degrees. Seek veterinary attention as soon as possible even if the pet appears normal.
About Pet First Aid
This First Aid Guide was developed by the veterinary staff at Dr. Sherry Weaver's Animal Hospital of Towne Lake in Woodstock, GA. Always seek veterinary care following first-aid attempts. Your veterinarian is the best source of information for your pet’s specific needs. This information is provided for general reference and informational purposes only and should not be construed to be formal professional advice or the formation of a consultant-client relationship.