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Heat Stroke in Dogs


 

 

 

We have been having some lovely weather the last few weeks but as nice as it is for us it is important to remember the dangers it can pose to our pets. We have sadly already seen a few cases of heatstroke and if the weather continues as it has these numbers are likely to increase.

HEATSTROKE CAN BE FATAL IF NOT TREATED QUICKLY

When dogs get too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting they develop heatstroke.

 

SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE

 

  • Heavy Panting
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Dry Mouth
  • Red Gums and Tongue
  • Lethargic, sleepy or uncoordinated
  • Vomiting or Collapsed                                                         

 

WHAT TO DO

Dogs suffering from heatstroke need to have their body temperature lowered BUT this needs to be done GRADUALLY!!

 

  • Move them to a shaded area/cooler area
  • Wet them with cool (NOT COLD) water. You can use wet towels if available or place them in the breeze or use a fan. DO NOT USE A FAN DIRECTLY ONTO THE FACE. Concentrate on the ears, groin and pads.
  • Allow them to drink small amounts of cool water. If refusing to drink you can gently wet the inside of their mouth if they will let you.
  • Continue to wet them with cool water until their breathing starts to settle but not so much that they begin to shiver. Wetting the pads will help to cool them dowm.
  • CONTACT YOUR VET ASAP

 


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