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Heat Stroke-Don’t Let Your Pet Be a Victim

May 21, 2012

While temperatures so far this spring have been fairly mild, we’ve already had our first case of heat stroke at our hospital. While heat stroke (where the body’s temperature becomes severely elevated) is more commonly seen in the summer when temperatures get into the 80’s, it can happen at cooler temperatures. Here are some things to consider to help make sure that your pet doesn’t suffer from this potentially fatal condition.

Signs of heat stroke can include: excessive panting, dark red tongue or gums, staggering, seizures, glazed eyes and confusion. If you suspect your pet has heat stroke you can start cooling him off with wet towels and by placing him in front of a fan. It’s important though that you reach your veterinarian as soon as possible, even if your pet seems better, as internal damage might not be obvious right away. If left untreated, heat stroke can cause brain damage and death.

We want you and your pet to enjoy the summer months and, with a few precautions, it will be a fun summer for both of you.