The temperatures reached unbearable levels this summer, and people are walking around panting, searching for places to cool off, invading the beach and crowding the pools. However, our pets don’t have the liberty of getting in the car and searching for a pool or an empty beach. This season we must search for heat exhaustion signs in our pets and stay wary of the dangers of high temperatures.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Pets
The most common signs of heat exhaustion in pets include. However, they are not limited to:
- A body temperature of 104 Fahrenheit or higher;
- Bright red or dark gums and tongue;
- Excessive panting;
- Dry or sticky gums or tongue;
- Bloody diarrhea;
In order to prevent heat exhaustion, dog owners should learn how to take their pet’s temperature. Also, keep in mind that brachycephalic breeds like pugs or bulldogs and heavy coated breeds are the most prone to such health problems in the summer.
If your pet shows two or more of the signs listed above, then there are a couple of treatment measures you could use. Please take note that if the dog becomes unresponsive, or if he or she is not showing signs of improvement, then you must take him or her to the vet at once.
Here are the best ways to treat your pet in the case of a heat stroke.
- Get the dog out of the heat. Find a tree and take cover under the shade.
- Use cool (attention cool, not cold) water to lower your pet’s temperature.
- Wrap wet cloths around his or her head and feet.
- Provide ice cubes for the animal to lick on.
- If the animal was exposed to high heat for a long period of time, the dog might show internal damage, so veterinarians advise that pets are taken to a specialist no matter the seriousness of the heat exhaustion episode.
Unfortunately, heatstroke can prove to be deadly in a rather short amount of time. That is why the best way to keep your pet safe is to provide shade, plenty of fresh drinking water, and cooling measures before heat exhaustion takes effect.
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