With the hot weather upon us, it is important to be aware of the dangers of heatstroke – a life threatening condition, caused by the elevation of a dog’s body temperature. The risk of heatstroke is much greater for dogs as they only perspire around their paws and nose. The most effective means for a dog to expel excess heat is panting, which moves cool air through the nasal passages and around the body. If a dog doesn’t have access to cool air- either because of high temperatures outside or a confined environment – they are at risk of over heating.
Symptoms of Heatstroke
-bluish-purple or bright red hums, due to inadequate oxygen supply to the tissues
How To Treat
- Cool your pet down on the way to the vet. Get them into the car with the AC running. Use a spray bottle to lightly mist them with water. DO NOT submerge pet in ice water, it can cause more damage.
- Get them drinking. If your dog is able to drink, give them a large bowl of water.
- Seek veterinary attention. Heatstroke is a serious condition that requires immediate attention and intensive care is generally required to save the pet’s life.
- Never leave your pet unattended in the car.
- Keep your dog well hydrated.
- Carry water.
- Provide shade
- Avoid walking on hot days.