The Arizona heat can be tough on canine companions. Different dogs can have slight variations in their normal body temperatures. But as a general rule of thumb, a dog is said to have hyperthermia with a body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat exhaustion is a severe illness that requires immediate correction. Otherwise, life-threatening conditions can develop, such as heat stroke and cardiac arrest. Keep a close eye on your pup for the following indicators of heat exhaustion.
All dogs pant, but excessive panting is a red flag. Panting is of particular concern when your dog is outside on a hot day, and when your dog is showing any other signs of overheating. Fast, noisy breathing is another warning sign of heat exhaustion.
Confusion and Disorientation
Just as hyperthermia causes confusion in people, it can do the same to dogs. If you call your dog’s name, and he or she doesn’t turn to look at you or otherwise respond, the culprit may be heat exhaustion. Keep an eye out for any unusual behavior that might indicate dizziness or lack of coordination, like wobbly movement.
Urine Output Reduction
Adult dogs tend to require potty breaks on a predictable schedule. If your dog suddenly doesn’t need to urinate at all, this can indicate a serious case of heat exhaustion or heatstroke. You need to immediately provide cool water, and move your dog to a shady area or an air conditioned room. It’s also a red flag if your dog’s urine output seems significantly reduced.
If your dog is showing any signs of distress, you can call Horizon Animal Hospital right away at (480) 800-4559. Our friendly team of veterinarians and vet technicians is available seven days per week to help your furry friend stay happy and healthy. If you’re new to our veterinary clinic in Scottsdale, you can use our online form to register your pet and get a 10% discount on your next visit!