Pet Tip Tuesday- Heat StrokeDr. Megan Okes joins us live in our studio for our Pet Tip Tuesday. This weeks topic- Heat Stroke
What is heat stroke?
- By definition it is extreme elevation in body temperature- in our pets over 106 degrees
How does it happen?
- Most often in the summer, pets being left in hot cars or exercising in the heat.
- Pets can’t cool themselves enough despite being in shade and panting.
- Breeds like boxers, pugs, boston terriers, bulldogs; short noses and stocky build are at highest risk
- It can happen in a matter of minutes
What are the warning signs?
- Constant, excessive panting
- Dry, pale gum's
- Unwillingness to move around
- Decreased responsiveness
Why is it dangerous?
- Can quickly progress to unconsciousness and seizures.
- Extreme temperature causes destruction of red blood cells and activates clotting
- If not recognized and treated quickly can be deadly.
What can I do?
- PREVENTION is KEY:
- Allow pets to slowly acclimate to warmer temperatures before active in the heat
- Don’t exercise pets in the heat of the day.
- Make sure they have access to cool water, shade and shelter
- If you suspect your pet is overheating cool them off by offering water, soaking hairless areas in lukewarm (NOT COLD) water or rubbing alcohol
- Get to your veterinarian ASAP!