With the summer heat upon us we must do all we can to prevent Heatstroke in our dogs and cats. Our furry friends do not tolerate heat as well as humans. Animals with pushed in noses (Brachycephalic) such as Pugs and Boxers, the very young or old or overweight animals are particularly susceptible. Heatstroke is a very serious medical condition and can rapidly lead to brain damage, kidney failure and even death. Animals cool themselves by panting but in times of high heat and humidity panting becomes ineffective.
Signs of heatstroke:
- Heavy panting
- Rapid heartbeat
- High Temperature (> then 103.5°F taken rectally)
- Seizures( if left untreated)
- Never leave a pet in an unattended vehicle where temperatures can quickly rise to deadly levels.
- Make certain your pet has access to fresh, clean water at all times.
- Keep your pet primarily indoors, in an air-conditioned environment.
- Limit exercise. Keep walks short.
- If your pet must be outside keep it cool by wetting it or providing access to a child’s pool
Pet owners who think their pet may be suffering from heatstroke should seek veterinary medical attention as soon as possible and immediately move the pet to a cooler place.