As a veterinary hospital we see several heat stroke patients each summer. Heatstroke is 100% preventable if you know what to do and signs to watch for. The best thing you can do for your pet is apply this rule:
If it's too hot for you to be outside, it's too hot for your pet to be outside.
All breeds are susceptible to heat stroke however some are more at risk than others. Breeds that are heat sensitive include Bulldogs, Pugs, Persian Cats, Great Pyrenees, St. Bernards, Pekingese, German Shepherds, Boxers, and Labradors. Pets that are fairly active or have heart conditions or other serious medical problems are also at a high risk.
During the summer no pet should be left outside. Cool shelter out of the sun with a fan and fresh water are two must-haves for animals in the summer. Grooming your pet's hair coat short can also help reduce overheating. You should be cautious when exercising and do not exercise your pet during the hottest parts of the day - early mornings and late evening are usually best.
On hot days, DO NOT:
-take your pet for car rides or leave them in a vehicle of any kind
-exercise your pet excessively
-leave them outside unattended
-without fresh water and proper ventilation
Signs of heatstroke include elevated temperature, panting excessively, excessive salivation, vomiting, seizures, stumbling or falling.
If you believe your pet is showing signs of heatstroke take them to a cool area immediately and contact our office at 217-529-4211.