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Skin rashes aren’t just a condition that can affect humans. There are a number of reasons why your canine might develop a skin rash. In particular, as the heat begins to steadily soar in the Phoenix Valley, it can cause Fido to become more susceptible to a heat-induced rash. East Valley Animal Hospital is your local vet serving Gilbert, Chandler, and Mesa Arizona. We’re not only passionate about giving compassionate and comprehensive care to your pets, we also love to educate our human clients on the best preventative care they can offer their four-legged friends.  

What are the symptoms of a dog heat rash?

Short of taking your furry friend to your local vet, a heat rash can be tricky to diagnose; especially since the symptoms of a dog heat rash can appear similar to other kinds of skin irritations in dogs. It may be helpful to understand that when your dog is overheated and exposed to too much heat—especially if he is overweight or has large wrinkles of skin—he’s susceptible to heat rash.

With that in mind, here are a few ways to identify if your pup might have developed a heat rash:

  • Continuous scratching and licking  
  • Itchy and irritated skin
  • Tender and red skin in a concentrated area (typically near, or under skin folds)
  • Boils or small pimples in a concentrated area
  • Scabs and sores

What should I do if I suspect my dog has a heat rash?

It could be tempting to do research and try to treat your dog’s skin rash at home. But stretching the period of time between the initial development of the rash and its treatment could result in greater discomfort and potential harm to your loyal friend. While heat rash typically begins as a minor skin irritation, it can quickly transform into oozing and foul-smelling boils or pimples. And in some cases, these areas can become infected with the Staphylococcus pathogen or some other infectant, which poses an even greater risk to your dog.

That’s why we highly recommend taking your dog to your local vet as soon as possible. Allow them to make a proper diagnosis and provide the correct treatment for the rash. But if you’re unable to immediately take your canine to the vet, it’s important to keep him in a cool, dry environment. To help with redness and irritation, you can place a cold, damp cloth over the affected area.

How can I avoid heat rash and other heat-related Illnesses?

Unlike humans, a dog’s normal body temperature ranges between 100-103 degrees Fahrenheit. Add layers of fur on top of that, and you get a very hot puppy in warmer temperatures. The best way to avoid heat-related illnesses in your dog, especially in extremely hot or humid climates, is to limit the amount of time your canine spends outdoors in direct sunlight. Always make sure there is shade available and offer a splash of the hose or sprinkler to help keep him cool off. In addition, keep an eye on your dog for signs of panting and fatigue. As soon as you notice these symptoms, bring them into a cool dry environment and offer them room-temperature water to drink.

Your local vet in Gilbert

At East Valley Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like our family members! It’s vital to us that you and your animal friends experience a stress-free environment in our offices, where everyone feels well-cared for and comfortable. If you live in Gilbert, Chandler, or Mesa and you haven’t yet found your local vet, give us a call today. We’d be honored to give your canine or feline the quality care he or she deserves!


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