Summer is in full swing and your pets are in increased danger for heat stroke. Here are tips for how to spot it, and how to cool your pet down.
Heat stroke occurs when you leave your pet outside for too long during a hot day, or if you leave them in the car.
What to look for:
Excessive panting and signs of discomfort indicate overheating. However, it is important to be aware of the ambient temperature and take appropriate preventative measures.
How to care for your dog:
It is essential to remove the dog from the hot environment immediately. If it is unconscious, make sure no water enters the nose or mouth as you follow these guidelines.
Put them in a cool bath or use the hose and put them in a kiddie pool. Apply a cold pack to the dog’s head and neck to help lower their body temperature.
Let your dog drink as much cool water as they want. Check their temperature and continue these actions until it goes down to 103 degrees.
Even if your dog seems to recover well, get immediate veterinary attention. Heatstroke can cause unseen problems, such as swelling of the brain, kidney failure, and abnormal clotting of blood. On the way to the veterinarian, travel with the windows open and the air conditioner on.