Summer has hit us quickly here in Los Banos so now is a great time to remind ourselves of summer basics like not overexerting your pet, providing plenty of water, and not leaving your pet outside or in a car. But, we also want to go over the symptoms and treatment of a very common heat-induced condition called heatstroke.
Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of Heatstroke
- Excessive panting
- Dark red gums
Quick action is crucial. If you see your pet exhibiting any signs of heatstroke, you need to take your pet to your veterinarian or emergency hospital immediately. In the meantime, apply towels soaked in cool water to the hairless parts of your pet’s body (such as the belly and paws). Do not use ice water as this can cool your pet’s body too quickly and cause further complications. Place your pet near a fan or air conditioner, if possible.
Make sure your pet has access to water, shade, and rest time if you are outside for exercise or playtime. Please do not leave your pets outside on ultra hot summer days even with access to shade and water as it is possible for them to overheat.
Important note for owners of Pugs, Shih Tzus, Pekingese, Bulldogs, Boxers and other "short-faced” breeds: Brachycephalic breeds can’t pant as efficiently as dogs with longer faces so they can experience heatstroke far more quickly. Make extra sure they are not overworked during these hot summer months.
Posted Tuesday, June 09, 2015