Heatstroke

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Extremely hot days can be dangerous for pets. Of particular concern is heatstroke, which can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Some pets are more susceptible. These include

  • Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats
  • Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, since they cannot pant as effectively.
  • Elderly pets
  • Overweight pets

To help prevent heat stroke

  • Never leave a pet in a parked car
  • Make sure your pet has plenty of access to fresh, clean, cool water
  • Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun
  • Do not over-exercise your pets, keep walk times to a minimum.
  • Keep them indoors when its extremely hot, especially the ‘high risk’ pets outlined above.

Symptoms of overheating to look out for

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness, stupor or even collapse
  • Seizures
  • Bloody diarrhea and vomit

Also remember to never leave a pet unsupervised around a pool, not all dogs are good swimmers and we see a number of cases of drowning every year in pet dogs.

If you have any further questions, or if you suspect your pet may be suffering from heatstroke, please do not hesitate to call on 9659 8923.