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Learn the Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Learning the signs of heat stroke in dogs can save your pets life and educating yourself is the best way to avoid putting your pet in harm’s way.

This time of year it can be really difficult to cool down and this is especially true for dogs as they cool themselves in a completely different way than we do.

Dogs sweat through their Merocrine glands and their Apocrine glands, the Merocrine glands are located in your pets paw pads or what my daughter refers to as their toe beans. 

These glands can omit a sweatlike substance that is usually in the form of a pawprint on your porch on a really hot day.

The Apocrine glands are located throughout the entire body but these glands main purpose is to release pheromones, not prevent a heat stroke in dogs so keeping your dog cool is very important as they can suffer from a heat stroke faster than you may think.

Easy Ways to Drink More Water

Keep in mind that they are sporting that full Winter coat all year long so frequent checks on them when outside is a good way to prevent a heat stroke in dogs as well as always offering clean water and shelter from the sun while out.

Learning the signs of heat stroke in dogs is essential to keeping them safe during these extremely hot days.


Like most humans, when it is excessively hot outside we tend to minimize our activity in order to not overexert ourselves in the heat.

Heavy panting

If your dog is panting harder and faster than normal it is a good idea to bring them to a cool place to relax and offer them a drink as this is a common sign of heat stroke.

Excessive Drooling 

Dogs will salivate excessively when overheated so it is a good idea to keep an eye on them if this sign is present and be sure to offer them plenty of water as well as a cool place to relax after exerting themselves in the heat.


There are many reasons your pet may be vomiting or but if you attribute this symptom to heat stroke it may be a good time to contact your vet and be sure to bring your pet in from the heat as well as offer them water.


If your pet will not take in water and is experiencing diarrhea they will dehydrate themselves and make this an even more complicated situation that is most certainly serious and in need of a veterinarians attention.

Coordination Difficulties 

If you find your pet exhibiting signs of being dizzy or having coordination difficulties you should contact your vet immediately and not leave them unattended to avoid further injury until they can be seen by a vet.

Learning the signs of heat stroke in dogs can ultimately save your dog’s life and if you share this infographic, you can help save someone else’s dog too.


These signs of heat stroke in dogs does not in anyway serve as a diagnosis from a professional and if you are concerned for your dogs well being seek immediate medical attention from a professional immediately. 


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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.


Wednesday 18th of July 2018

I didn't know dogs could get heat stroke. Thank you for this valuable information. We don't have dogs, but it sure is important to know these things.


Wednesday 18th of July 2018

We are having a heat wave here in California. I've been keeping my dog inside as much as possible, but it's good to know what to look out for. Heat stroke can be deadly!


Tuesday 17th of July 2018

This is a great post and much needed during this time of year. I think people tend to forget about dog and how they handle heat.

Kita Bryant

Tuesday 17th of July 2018

I hate how hot it can get sometimes. I know the dogs hate it too; awesome post!

Sara Welch

Tuesday 17th of July 2018

My dogs are inside if it is over 90 degrees. If I don't want the heat, they don't!