Heatstroke in Pets

With the onset of warmer weather, extra care must be taken to prevent heatstroke in your pet.

  • Do not leave pets in the car! Even with the windows down, the temperature of a car may reach 120 degrees in 10 minutes on an 85 degree day.
  • Make sure to provide adequate shade and water for outside pets.
  • Filling a kids' swimming pool for your pet to cool off in.
  • Tie a tarp between trees or of the back porch to provide extra shade.
  • Keep your pet in good physical condition and avoid heavy exercise in the hot weather.
  • Walk your pet early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Play games indoors with your pet.

Is your pet suffering from heatstroke?

If your pet seems listless, is panting or his breathing is labored, collapses, has glazed eyes, he/she may be suffering from heatstroke.


How can heatstroke be treated?

Immerse the pet in cold water if possible, or wrap the pet in wet towels.  Apply ice packs to the head and neck.  Make every effort to cool the pet down quickly.  Your pet may also be dehydrated. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, contact your veterinarian immediately.



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