JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL) is encouraging pet owners to keep their animals safe during the extreme temperatures.

They said knowing the signs of a heat stroke in dogs is important. Symptoms of heat stoke in dogs can be the following:

  • Heavy panting, difficulty breathing, excessive drooling
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy or unsteadiness
  • Fire-red tongue
  • Mucous membranes become pale as shock sets in
  • Glassy eyes and fearful expression
  • Elevated heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting

Normal temperatures for dog are between 100.5 F and 102.5 F. Dogs can experience heat exhaustion once temperature reaches 104 F.

Dogs that have a temperatures of 104 F for 15 minutes or more are more at risk of an heat stroke and/or head exhaustion and can lead to the following:

  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Organ Failure