Heat stroke can be as devastating to pets as it is to humans. Unfortunately, it is even harder to detect in pets, as they cannot communicate their discomfort. However, there are signs and symptoms that pet owners can look for as warnings that a pet is overheating.
Pet Symptoms of Heat Stroke
All Creatures Hospital brings you pet tips to assist with avoiding heat stroke. We can help with seeing the risk factors that indicate overheating and also provide treatment should your pet fall victim to heat toxicity, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The signs and symptoms of high heat stroke risk include:
Redness in the gums, skin and membranes
Thick, ropy drooling
Causes of Heat Stroke
Untreated, heat stroke can lead to organ failure and even death. Its symptoms and warning signs should be regarded as very serious. Heat stroke in pets can be caused by:
Excessive walking, running or playing in hot weather
Not enough clean, cold water to drink
Pet is left in a closed car - unattended
An excess of sun exposure
Pets that are exhibiting signs of heat stroke should be brought immediately into air conditioning to rest and cool off. They should be provided with water to drink, and wetting them down can help lower their body temperature.
Tips For Your Pet
If symptoms continue, do not hesitate to bring them in for treatment. The following pet tips can help with avoiding heat injury:
Minimize walking and playing outdoors when temperatures are high
Provide a wading pool in the yard
Keep their water dish filled with cool, fresh water
Don’t leave pets unattended in a car
Contact Your Del Mar Veterinarians at All Creatures Hospital Today! (858) 481-7992.