How to spot signs of heatstroke in pets

Dog in pool at summer, shallow focus. (Shutterstock / APIWICH PUDSUMRAN)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — As much of the country experiences dangerous heat throughout the weekend, it's important to remember pets that are at risk, too.

The heat can be deadly for dogs, so Indianapolis Animal Care Services offered tips on how to keep them safest during the conditions.

Exercise is important, but take it easy on dangerously hot days. Restrict exercise to morning or evening, and keep the intensity light. If possible, exercise indoors.

Pavement outside can be 30 to 50 degrees hotter than the air temperature. Be sure to check the temperature of the pavement with the back of your hand before going on walks. If it's too hot for your skin, it's too hot for the dog's paws.

Refill water bowls frequently, especially if your pets are spending any time outside. Try to keep water bowls full.

Heatstroke not on ly affect humans, but pets, too. Be aware of signs:

  • Panting
  • Staring
  • Anxious expression
  • Refusal to obey commands
  • Warm, dry skin
  • High fever
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Collapse

If you suspect your pet suffers heatstroke, lower their body temperature by applying cool wet towels to hairless parts of the body and get them to a vet as soon as possible. Heatstroke can be fatal, even with emergency treatment, so prevention is key.