September 01, 2014

Heat Stroke in Dogs

2013-6-17-dog-heat-thumb-620xauto-55262Summer time is here and that means our furry friends unfortunately are at risk for heat stroke.  This is a true emergency for animals.

A few tips to avoid heat stroke:

  • NEVER leave your pet in the car.  No matter what the temperature is it is always hotter in a car!
  • Make sure your pet has access to fresh water
  • If your pet started to slow down during your walks do push them, instead stop and give them water.

If your animal is brachycephalic, was diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis, has heart or lung problems they have a higher chance of heat stroke.

Some clinical signs of heat stroke:

  • Heavy panting
  • Bright red mucous membranes that eventually turn grey
  • Blood diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Death

If your animal is starting to have these problems you need to cool them down by spraying them or immersing them in water.  Do not use ice cold water just cool. After that putting them infront of a fan would be very helpful.  The best thing to do afterwards is to take them to their Veterinarian.

Your animal can have problems hours or days after having heat stroke.  Monitor their condition to make sure they do not have any problems.  They can develop kidney disease and seizures following an episode of heat stroke.

As the temperature continues to rise monitor your pets and make sure they have fresh water and do not overheat.

 

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