Dangers of Heat for a K9

With record setting temperatures across most of the United States an important issue facing most K9 handlers is the recognition of heat related injuries.


  • profuse panting
  • rapid pulse
  • skin that is warm
  • increased salivation
  • exhaustion or fatigue
  • muscular weakness

The symptoms of a heat stroke include but are not limited to:

  • warm nose and foot pads
  • heavy panting
  • glazed eyes
  • a dark red tongue and/or inside ears
  • dizziness
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • immobility
  • unconsciousness

Most dogs have a normal body temperature range of 100.5 to 101.5 degrees. With a heat stroke the body temperature can reach up to 107 degrees.

There are a few simple things that you can do to help reduce your canine's temperature to safe levels. Place them in the shade. If water is nearby you may want to slowly immerse the dog gradually into cool water. Apply wet towels to the neck, head, groin, and leg area. If you don't have a water source available then use the water jug to completely soak the dog.

These are a few ideas that I have for cooling my canine down. Most of all stay safe and keep you and your canine cool. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to send me an email.



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