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HEATSTROKE

December 2, 2019

With the hot weather approaching, us humans aren’t the only ones that are likely to be feeling the heat.  Our furry friends are at risk of overheating just as much if not more than we are.  Dogs, especially those with thick fur and brachycephalics (short nosed breeds) can find it hard to regulate their temperature which can lead to heat stroke.  Signs of this include panting, drooling, collapse and coma.  Heat stroke is an emergency and most animals that get hyperthermia need to be seen by a vet to help reduce their core temperature back to normal.

Helpful hints and tips:

  • Keep your pet inside or in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
  • Exercise your dog first thing in the morning.
  • Have lots of cool water available.
  • Long haired dogs can be clipped during summer to help with heat control.
  • Have a shallow paddling pool/sprinkler available for the dogs to cool themselves.
  • Gently hosing the dog down.
  • When the air temperature is 25 degrees celcius the asphalt can be as hot as 51.6 degrees celcius in the sun – this can cause second degree burns in less that 1 minute.
  • If you cannot hold the back of your hand on the ground comfortably for 7 seconds, your dog cannot walk on the ground.
  • Dogs in Cars – NEVER leave alone.  22 degrees outside can be 47 degrees inside a car in under an hour.  Even with the windows open there is not enough airflow for a dog to effectively cool down.  Leave them at home or take them OUT of the car with you (see video link below).
If you are worried about overheating visit your Veterinarian ASAP and remember to start cooling your pet before arriving at the vet clinic as heatstroke can be very serious and rapidly fatal.