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We are seeing a large number of pets affected by the heat. With media and news outlets continually quoting this summer as the longest and hottest on record it is important that we know what precautions we should take to avoid our pets falling victim to heatstroke. Additionally it is important to be able to identify heatstroke and know what action to take in the event your pet has heatstroke. Heatstroke occurs when heat generation exceeds the body’s ability to lose heat. Heatstroke is an extremely serious condition that can lead to multiple organ failure and pets can die quickly if they are left untreated. All animals are susceptible to heatstroke so you need to make sure that you take active steps to prevent it.
What do you do if your pet has Heatstroke?
Act quickly to assist your pet in reducing elevated body temperature. This can be actioned by applying cool/normal temperature water onto their fur/skin, followed by fanning/air flow to increase heat loss. Don’t use ice or very cold water as this may further complicate the issue. Wetting down the area around your pet can also improve the situation.
Take your pet to a vet immediately. Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency, so even if your pet looks like they may be recovering or you just suspect they might have suffered heatstroke they should still always be checked by a vet. Heatstroke can cause organ damage which might not be evident immediately. Given the seriousness of this condition, it is better to be safe than sorry and have a professional check over your pet.
What are some of the signs of heatstroke?
Signs may vary between individuals, but commonly include:
What are the main causes?
How can you take measures to avoid heatstroke for your pets?
By making yourself aware of the signs and by taking precautions you can minimize the chances your pets will suffer from heatstroke.
How do vets help pets with heatstroke?
Vets are trained to assess the severity of the heatstroke and then provide emergency medical treatment as required. They will check your pet’s body temperature and vital signs and then instigate emergency treatment which may include:
More tips for taking care of pets in hot weather
Source for further information: http://kb.rspca.org.au/what-can-i-do-in-hot-weather-to-prevent-heatstroke-in-my-pet_353.html
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