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How to spot heatstroke

With the rising temperatures it is important to recognize the signs of heatstroke in your dogs.
Here are some warning signs:
What are the signs of heatstroke?
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Signs of heatstroke include:

Increased heart rate
Excessive panting
Increased salivation
Bright red tongue
Red or pale gums
Thick, sticky saliva
Depression
Weakness
Dizziness
Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
Diarrhea
As heatstroke progresses, it can cause seizures, coma, cardiac arrest, and death.

In the above video you see a police dog out working in the heat. The handler was able to recognize the signs and get the dog the emergency treatment it needed. It is important to realize that the signs may be hard to spot and the dog could still be trying to go after things or play with other dogs even though the internal body temperature reaches dangerous levels.