How to Keep Your Dog Cool

What to do

  1. Place a small fan with a guard on the floor so your dog can lie in front of it, the air blowing over your dog’s face and body quickly cools the dog down. You will find the dog will open his mouth to feel the air.
  2. Place a cool wet towel inside the dog’s rear leg “this is where the major femoral artery is” this artery will carry the cool blood quickly throughout the dog’s body replace as needed
  3. Place ice blocks in your dog’s water bowl not too many just so that the water is cold but not icy

What NOT to do

Do not place any covering e.g. Wet towels etc. over the dogs back or on their head, as doing this will force the heat internally and can damage the internal organs

Do not submerge or saturate the dog with icy water as this will force heat internally and literally cook the organs


Symptoms of heat stroke

  • Excessive panting
  • Bright red gums and tongue
  • Gums feel dry to touch
  • Thick saliva excessive trembling
  • Staggering
  • Laying down and refusing to get up


A dog’s only means of cooling body temperature include limited sweat glands (paws and nose) and panting.

Both are inefficient at cooling the body in extreme circumstances.

Once the core body temperature reaches over 104 Fahrenheit damage to the cellular system and organs may become irreversible.

With heatstroke cells literally cook