How to spot heat sickness in dogs - Tucson News Now

How to spot heat sickness in dogs

(Source: Tucson News Now) (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Temperatures are on the rise in southern Arizona.  

While a barking dog could warrant a ticket for owners, it can also signal a sign of distress.

And right now, more than ever, veterinarians are urging people to listen up.

“It's dangerous out there and even in the shade it’s too hot for most animals,” said Jen Wilcox, director of veterinary services at PACC.

She offered the following tips about spotting heat sickness in dogs. 

  • If your dog's tongue is long and flared out.
  • Your dog will be on the hunt for shade and reluctant to walk.
  • Their pupils will be huge. If you can't see the color of their eyes that's a red flag.
  • Their gum's will also turn bright red.

Vets are said when they quickly turn quiet, a dog is very close to the point of no return.

“There are lots of cues that the dogs are giving us that say, 'You know what? I can tell I’m already in danger.' And we should really be paying attention to those," she said.

If a dog is overheating, vets said to quickly get them into a bath tub or shower and dip them in cool water, not cold water. Then, take them to the vet.

Arizona law requires owners provide their pets adequate food, water, shelter and medical attention.

To report an animal that may be struggling outside in the heat, or is excessively barking, call (520) 724-5900.

Owners could face a fine of $50 to $500 if their dogs are barking too much.

Remember, it is also against the law to leave a dog in a hot car.

MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2018 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • PetsPet ConnectionMore>>

  • PACC UPDATE on dogs found malnourished, wounded

    PACC UPDATE on dogs found malnourished, wounded

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:58:09 GMT
    BlueBarry and Breezy (Source: Pima Animal Care Center)BlueBarry and Breezy (Source: Pima Animal Care Center)

    The Pima Animal Care Center is talking about a good news update, on two dogs that were brought in in mid-March, emaciated and with severe wounds on their faces.   

    The Pima Animal Care Center is talking about a good news update, on two dogs that were brought in in mid-March, emaciated and with severe wounds on their faces.   

  • PACC looks to community to adopt, foster tent dogs

    PACC looks to community to adopt, foster tent dogs

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:48:05 GMT
    (Source: Pima Animal Care Center)(Source: Pima Animal Care Center)
    (Source: Pima Animal Care Center)(Source: Pima Animal Care Center)

    Pima Animal Care Center is asking for the public's help again, as the tent that houses a portion of the dogs at the center, is at max capacity.  They are looking for people to adopt or even foster a pup. 

    Pima Animal Care Center is asking for the public's help again, as the tent that houses a portion of the dogs at the center, is at max capacity.  They are looking for people to adopt or even foster a pup. 

  • Howling with delight: Dachshund Museum opens in Germany

    Howling with delight: Dachshund Museum opens in Germany

    Thursday, April 12 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-04-12 17:53:39 GMT
    Thursday, April 12 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-04-12 17:53:39 GMT
    The Dachshund Museum opened this month in the Bavarian city of Passau, about 100 miles northeast of Munich. (Source: International Olympic Committee)The Dachshund Museum opened this month in the Bavarian city of Passau, about 100 miles northeast of Munich. (Source: International Olympic Committee)

    The Dachshund Museum opened this month in the Bavarian city of Passau, about 100 miles northeast of Munich.

    The Dachshund Museum opened this month in the Bavarian city of Passau, about 100 miles northeast of Munich.

Powered by Frankly