Important Information to Keep Your Pets Safe From Heat Stroke / Stress This Summer

Heat Stress one of the most common seen conditions in veterinary emergency and the cata strophic effects of the condition are often fatal despite best efforts by veterinarians. The good news is that it also one of the most easily preventable. Dogs and cats can suffer from heat stoke / heat stress and it is not only caused by dehydration. We want to help you stay out of the Emergency Department! Here are our tips to help keep your pet cool this summer.

Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Dogs
    • Excessive panting (sometimes rasping sounds)
    • Tongue protruding excessively out of mouth (back of throat can been seen)
    • Thick saliva (sometimes white & frothy foam around lips)
  • Cats
    • Restless behavior as your cat tries to find a cool spot
    • Panting, sweaty feet, drooling, excessive grooming in an effort to cool off
  • Both cats & dogs
    • Increased heart rate
    • Deep red or purple/red gums
    • Depression or lethargic
    • Unable / unwillingness to walk
    • Loss of appetite
    • Collapse
    • Seizures
    • Coma

 Things to remember:

  • Cats don’t normally pant
  • Brachycephalic breeds (snub nose breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs and Persians) are more susceptible
  • It isn’t just hot cars in the summer that causes heat stroke
  • Never tie your dog up on a chain
  • Just because your car is nice and cool when you leave, it can heat up rapidly once the air conditioner is off.  Opening a window is never enough. Never leave your pets in the car

First aid for heat stroke:

  • Run cool not cold water onto a large towel & wrap your pet
  • Poor cool water on toes & anus
  • Get your pet to a Vet ASAP. Don’t delay
  • If possible take a rectal temperature

***Do not over cool your pet. You could send your pet into shock if temperature goes below normal body temperature or if you cool too quickly by using cold water or ice***

Prevention of heat stroke is best of all. Provide shade and plenty of water. Be aware of your pet’s environment, both inside and outside. Everything begins with awareness.

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