HEATSTROKE IN PETS
What is heatstroke?
Heatstroke occurs when your pet’s body temperature rises above the normal range of 38.3-39.2 degrees. Dogs and cats have few sweat glands and cannot cool off by sweating like humans, so they overheat more easily. Pets mainly cool off by panting, as moisture evaporation from the oral cavity helps lower body temperature. Heatstroke most commonly occurs when pets are left outside on hot days, but also can develop if:
What are signs of heatstroke in pets?
Which animals are at greatest risk?
Any pet can develop heatstroke but the following are more predisposed:
What should I do if my pet shows heatstroke signs?
Ways to prevent heatstroke
Consider the possibility of heatstroke any time the temperature is above 27C or humidity is high, and take these precautions to keep your pet cool:
Enjoy the summer safely!