Heat Stroke in Pets

With school holidays coming to an end and pets spending more time alone, it can be easy to miss the signs of heat stress and stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal, and it is important to know what to look for and how to act.

Signs and symptoms:

• Heavy panting
• Excessive drooling,
• Vomiting, collapse or unusual lethargy
• Signs of confusion
• High body temperature
• Diarrhoea
• Changes to gum colour (dark red, pale, purple or blue)
• Your pet may also have a seizure and/or have muscle tremors.

What can you do:

1. Move your pet into a cooler area immediately.
2. Wet your pet with a hose or a bucket of tepid water. Do not use ice or ice baths.
3. Use a fan to cool the damp skin. Do not wrap your pet in cold towels as this prevents evaporation which is essential for cooling.
4. Offer a small amount of water if your pet is conscious.
5. Seek veterinary advice immediately. Even if your pet improves, it is important to see a vet urgently. It goes without saying that your car air-con should be on to provide ambient cooling for your pet.

If you would like more information on keeping your pets cool this summer, contact our friendly team or call us on 3171 2227.