Check it out! Another great post from our friends at Metro Animal Emergency Clinic. We have had some really warm and humid days this summer - heat stroke affects not just you but your pets too!
Keep them safe inside where they belong on hot summer days, remember to exercise them in the evenings when it is cooler and ensure they always have access to fresh cool water! #noexcuse #nopetsinhotcars #Summersafety ...
Seems like a good day to talk about heat stroke! The hot summer days are upon us and with them comes a danger of heat stroke. Heat stroke can occur when your dog is not able to cool its internal body temperature fast enough. Dogs cool themselves primarily by panting and if the air temperature is as hot or hotter than the body temperature, then that's just not going to work. Signs of heat stroke:
Heavy, excessive panting
Hot to touch
Fast heart rate
Dogs can and do die from heat stroke, and not always when you think they should....it is not at all unusual for dogs to present with heat stroke long after the sun has gone down. A day at the beach can be less refreshing for Fido than you may wish, too...often there is no shade, the sand is hot, and salt water can be dehydrating.
So what can you do if you suspect heat stroke?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - walking on hot pavement, sand or boardwalks and exercising in the heat of day is not Fido -friendly. Leave your pooch at home when it is hot and save your walks for morning or evening temperatures. Always supply cool water and lots of shade during the day, even if your dog is just peacefully snoozing outside.
If you suspect overheating/heat stroke:
Provide cool water immediately if your dog is able to drink and get out of the sun.
If your dog is still standing and alert - a cool (NOT COLD) bath or wet down will help. Never use cold water - cold water will constrict blood vessels, slowing circulation and trapping body heat. Cool is best.
If your dog has collapsed -cool compresses on the body but especially the pads and inside of legs/ armpits. Cool, cool, cool.
Time is of the essence and we cannot stress that enough. Immediate veterinary care should be sought, either at your family hospital or the Metro Animal Emergency Clinic. We are fully staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are always ready to receive emergency or critical care patients. So enjoy these beautiful summer days and with a little prevention, Fido can enjoy them too!
Oh, and why aren't we worried about heat stroke in cats? Although heat stroke can occur in any living creature, the fact of the matter is that cats just have better sense. When they get too hot, they move :)