One of the greatest dangers during summer is having your pets overheat or experience heat stroke. Time is of the essence when an animal gets heat stroke. Therefore, it is important to know the signs and how to handle heat stroke to keep your animals safe. Dogs receive a lot of media attention but its important to remember cats and other creatures can also overheat as well. Here are some tips to help understand and manage heat stroke in pets.
• Get to know your pets to recognize when an emergency arises. It is important to have a baseline of your pet’s vital signs to identify heat stroke quickly. Know their “typical” pulse, resting heart rate, and temperature. Have your veterinarian teach you how to take your pet’s pulse, count resting breaths and pants when exercising and take your pet’s temperature. Usually, cats and dogs normal temperature is around 101 degrees. Anything over 103 degrees is usually an emergency.
• Be knowledgable about the signs of heat stroke. They are excessive panting, drooling, rapid pulse, excessive redness in tongue and a fever over 103.
• If your pet is experiencing heat stroke, wrap a cool, wet towel around your pet to bring down their body temperature. Place a cold washcloth or packs on their groin area. Also, offer ice cubes or ice chips to your pet to lick. Take your pet immediately to the veterinarian to seek medical attention.
For additional information on Heat Stroke and Pets, check out the website of WebMD for Pets.