Heat Stroke in Pets

by on April 10th, 2012 at 10:28 am

Heat stroke can be a life-threatening issue for both humans and pets. As humans, we can shed layers of clothes to stay cool, but this is not the case for pets. Imagine not being able to shed an extra layer of clothes on a hot summer day.

Recognizing the signs of heat stroke in your pet is crucial. Dogs with short noses, heavy coats and heart or respiratory problems have a higher heat stroke risk. So, make sure to watch them with extra caution. Some pets are more suited for the heat, so it’s important to know what your pet is bred for and his or her limits.

Signs of heatstroke in pets can include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Disorientation
  • Vomiting
  • Dark or bright red tongue
  • Dry mouth
  • Body temperature from 104-110F
  • Coma

If you think your pet may have heat stroke, visit a vet immediately. Just because the symptoms go away, don’t assume your pet is fine. Its internal organs may still be suffering from heat stroke. This is why it is so important to keep an eye on your pet while out on a hot day.

Use the following tips to keep your pet cool on hot days:

  • Take your pet to a cool, shaded place.
  • Use cool, wet fabric to wrap around your pet’s feet and head.
  • Dump cool water on your pet. Don’t use ice water, as this may cause blood vessels to constrict.
  • Offer your ice cubes to lick and provide plenty water.

 

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