Know the signs: Heatstroke

by | General Pet Care |

Even the most responsible pet owner can find themselves in a situation where their pet has heatstroke! This is why it’s so important to know the signs and what you need to do if you suspect it.

Signs of heatstroke include:

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• Increased heart rate

• Excessive panting or drooling

• Listlessness

• Confusion or disorientation

• Bright red gums

• Vomiting or diarrhea

• Collapse, seizure or coma

• Body temperature higher than 40°C

What to do:

• Move your dog out of the heat immediately.

• Use a hose or wet towels to start cooling your dog down. Do not use ice. Offer your dog water.

• Take your dog to a veterinarian immediately. Continue cooling him with wet towels during the drive.

• If you’re unable to get to a veterinarian right away monitor his temperature and check for signs of shock. Stop the cooling process when your dog’s temperature reaches 40°C or his body temperature can drop too low and increase the risk of shock.

• Even if your dog cools down take him to a vet as soon as possible as some medical problems caused by heatstroke may not show up right away.

Remember – theres’ never a good excuse to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle. If you see an animal in distress in the heat, call the government’s animal protection hotline at 1-833-9ANIMAL.

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