With the recent heatwave all across Pitt county, it is no joke on just how hot it can get. Just a few weeks ago we were reaching triple digits. And if you think you're hot, just imagine how hot it is to your fur legged friends as well. With that being said heat exhaustion(otherwise known as a heat stroke) can occur as a result of the increased heat. This tends to occur when a pet's body temperature rises above the normal range of 100-102.5 degrees — anything over 103 degrees is considered dangerous.
Tips and tricks
Pets, unlike humans, are only able to cool off mainly by panting. They are not equipped with the amount of sweat glands a human has which we use to cool off by sweating. Some pets are more likely to experience a heatstroke than others. Long haired fur friends as well as brachycephalic(short-nosed) breeds like boxers, pugs and bulldogs are some of those. For those reasons we advise you to keep a close eye on your pets during this heat and remember to keep this valuable information in mind. With that being said, here a couple of things you as a pet parent can do in order to keep your pets safe from suffering a heatstroke.
What to look out for?
When it comes to heatstroke here are some things to watch out for in order to make sure your pet is not at risk of overheating: Excessive panting/drooling, Difficulty breathing, Rapid heart rate, Vomiting/diarrhea(with or without the exception of some blood), Weakness/stumbling, Sudden collapse and Seizures.
If you suspect your pet is experiencing a heat stroke try to follow these quick steps to ensure your pet gets the adequate care needed:
When cooling off your pet it is important to cool them off gradually. If you are able to get a rectal temperature your vet may appreciate it as well. That way they can have as much information as possible to treat your pet accordingly.
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