Signs Of Heat Stroke

Heatstroke: Know The Signs And What To Do

If the temperature is hot enough to make you sweat, it’s hot enough for your pet to suffer from heatstroke. According to Dr. Robyn Jaynes, PetSmart’s vet expert, heatstroke occurs when your pet’s body temperature, normally 102 degrees, rises to 105 to 110 degrees. It can cause lethargy, coma, organ failure and death. Learn how to spot the signs and what do to if your pet is suffering from heatstroke.

The signs

All pets are susceptible to heatstroke, but puppies under 6 months of age, pets that are older, overweight, or ill and brachycelphalic breeds with short heads and flat muzzles like Pugs and English Bulldogs are especially at risk. Look for:

  • Rapid panting
  • Gasping
  • Wide eyes
  • Excessive salivating
  • Bright red gums
  • Loss of mobility (staggering, stumbling)
  • Weakness
  • Collapse

What to do

If your pet is suffering from heatstroke, his body temperature must be brought back to normal gradually to avoid shock, Dr. Jaynes says.

  • Immediately discontinue activity and find a cool place for him to lie down. (If you’re outside and not close to an indoor facility, shade may be your best option).
  • Instead place him on his side and thoroughly wet him with room-temperature water, especially the belly and inside the legs. Do not use cold water. Make sure the water reaches his skin and not just the fur. Wetting the pads of the feet with water is helpful as well.
  • Gradually switch to cooler water.
  • Seek veterinary attention immediately. Cooling efforts should be continued on the way to the vet.

Related: Ways To Keep Your Dog Cool And Prevent Heatstroke

Shelter/Rescue Voice Mail Message

Shelter/Rescue Voice Mail Message

Posted on 2008 under Animal Advocacy, Article, Rescues & Shelters |

Body: Hello, You have reached 123-4567, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to the following options and choose the one that best describes you or your situation:

Press 1 if you think we are veterinarians and want free medical advice.

Press 2 if you know we are a rescue organization but want to save money and have us give you free, untrained medical advice anyway.

Press 3 if you make $200,000 a year but still want us to pay to spay the “stray” in your yard (house).

Press 4 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home right away.

Press 5 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a baby and dogs at the same time.

Press 6 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money for your vacation.

Press 7 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 8 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don’t want to care for their elderly dog because it doesn’t fit your lifestyle.

Press 11 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your 150 pound, 8-year-old, unneutured, aggressive dog.

Press 12 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home today and pick up the dog you no longer want.

Press 13 if you have been feeding and caring for a “stray” for the last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it’s not your dog.

Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way to work.

Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.

Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is not our responsibility.

Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog to be euthanized because we can’t get to your house in the next hour.

Press 18 if you’re going to get angry because the volunteers had the audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.

Press 19 if you want one of our perfectly trained, housebroken, kid and cat friendly purebred tiny dogs that we have an abundance of.

Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your neighbor’s cats.

Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don’t take personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this time with a different answer.

Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge, of course.

Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before your kids wake up.

Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had ten litters, but we can’t spay her because she is pregnant again and it is against your religion.

Press 26 if you’re lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel bad and take your personal pet off your hands.

Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because it is declawed, but are not willing to accept the responsibility that the cat’s behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.

Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house but you just haven’t gotten around to having him neutered.

Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling because she is suddenly pregnant.

Press 30 if you have done “everything” to housebreak your dog and have had no success but you don’t want to crate the dog because it is cruel.

Press 31 if you didn’t listen to the message asking for an evening phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are also working and you are angry because no one called you back.

Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because today is your daughter’s birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 33 if your dog’s coat doesn’t match your new furniture and you need a different color or breed.

Press 34 if your new love doesn’t like your dog and you are too stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next month anyway) instead of the dog.

Press 35 if you went through all these ‘presses’ and didn’t hear enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog while the vet mercifully frees him from of the grief of missing his family.

GO GREEN! Earth safe products for your dog. -Mark Siebel

GO GREEN! Earth safe products for your dog.
by Mark Siebel – Owner – DOGGIE STEPS Dog Training

Owning a dog is a lot like playing golf. By this I mean there are rules and appropriate behaviors/etiquette that correspond to dog ownership. Dogs are natural followers and WANT to please. With the right leadership and guidance, you can establish an amazing bond with your dog. To find this connection, it’s necessary to establish a routine to let your dog know the rules.

In recent years, many have also become leaders in an effort to establish a closer bond with Planet Earth. GO GREEN is a phrase now used which refers to the “conservation of our planet.” This too comes with rules and appropriate behaviors. We must leave the earth CLEANER than that onto which we were born. In regards to dog ownership, there are numerous ways that we can be in tune to keeping our parks and communities clean with our furry friends by following the below simple tips below:

Clean up after your dog. Except for an occasional child who does not pick up after their dog’s duty, there is NO excuse for any adult NOT to pick up after their dog! By trying to limit our use of non-degradable plastics, the consideration of bio-degradable poop bags is a great idea; visit for more information. I often tie 2-3 bags on my leash to ensure that I have an ample supply to clean up after my dog. Not only does cleaning up after your dog keep our parks clean, but it will limit the transfer of disease and attraction of bugs and other ground mites/ticks.

Consider using recycled leashes, toys, and bedding. There are many products available today that are MADE IN THE U.S.A. that consist of organic, recycled, naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial, and odor-absorbing materials. These products are dog friendly and will help us to help our earth stay abundant and clean. There are a large variety of colors and prints, and the selection of items ranges from leashes, bedding, poop bags, and toys. Ask your local pet store if they carry any of these items. You may have better luck finding them at smaller, specialty pet boutique stores;

Stay informed! To stay on top of the many ways of keeping our planet GREEN, you must keep yourself in the GO GREEN pipeline. This can be achieved through consistent research of pet eco-websites, joining a GREEN networking group or social club, and networking with local pet friendly businesses. I find that by going to a local pet boutique or feed store, you can learn a lot! These stores focus on NEW pet products and have many resources to inform us about ECO safe pet product options.

Finally – A little bit goes a long way. Just like the old camp motto: “Leave the campground CLEANER than how you found it,” should be the same way we view our earth and parks. When you take a walk in your local park, consider picking up a piece of trash or dog duty even if it’s NOT yours. It’s the right thing to do.

As dog owners, we can make a difference in how we view our pets and the products that we buy. It’s the little changes that will give us the biggest results, so, think GREEN and we ALL can make a difference. Together we can make our communities, cities, states, countries, and earth a cleaner place for the future.

Mark Siebel has trained over 400 Arizona Valley dogs, has dog training tips published monthly in various AZ magazines, appears on Channel 12 Arizona Midday, speaks regularly with local schools youth groups about the importance of dog safety and ownership, and donates time to kids who want to learn more about dogs. He is a member of APPSA (Arizona Professional Pet Sitters Association) and ASC of Arizona (Australian Shepherd Club of Arizona). Mark owns (2) Australian Shepherds named Leinie and Kugel. For more information or general dog questions, go to: or call Mark @602.318.0122.