Heatstroke in Pets

With the weather heating up, our pets are more susceptible to contracting heat stroke. This is especially more common in our long-haired dogs, and brachycephalic (short faced) breeds.

To try to prevent this condition, it is really important to ensure our pets have easy access to plenty of cool, fresh water. It would be ideal to keep pets inside in the air conditioning, but if this is not possible, we need to ensure there is lots of shaded areas for them outside. You can supply a paddling pool for them to cool off in, or ice cubes in the water bowl to keep the water chilled throughout the day.

Signs to look out for include: excessive panting, unwillingness to move around, drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of consciousness. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pets, be sure to give us a call straight away.