AS TEMPERATURES hit record levels, many caring pet owners grow concerned about how it will affect their beloved pets and cats.
But can our furry friends get heat stroke and what signs should you look out for that they are getting too hot?
Pets aren’t able to cool themselves down as easily as humans so you should make sure they don’t overheat[/caption]
Can dogs and cats get heat stroke?
Heat stroke is the state of hyperthermia when the core body temperature rises about normal levels and can cause heat injury to tissues.
Like humans, cats and dogs can overheat when it gets hot, so you should watch out to see if they show any of the symptoms of heat stroke.
This is particularly important as dogs and cats only have sweat glands in their feet and around their noses, whereas humans can regulate temperature all over.
And of course their long, furry coats can also add to the issue.
Heat stroke can be a life-threatening condition for your pet, as it can cause fatal damage to their internal organs.
You should always take your pet to the vet to be checked if you think they are showing signs of heat stroke, even it appears they are recovering.
If your pet is showing signs of heat stroke you should take them to the vet[/caption]
What are the symptoms of heat stroke in pets?
According to the RSPCA, these include:
- Panting which increases as heatstroke progresses
- Drooling, salivating
- Agitation, restlessness
- Very red or pale gums
- Bright red tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing distress
- Vomiting or diarrhoea (possibly with blood)
- Signs of mental confusion, delirium
- Dizziness, staggering
- Lethargy, weakness
- Muscle tremors
- Collapsing and lying down
- Little to no urine production
Dogs and cats only have sweat glands in their feet and around their noses, whereas humans can regulate temperature all over[/caption]
What to do if you think your pet has heat stroke?
If your pet is showing signs of heat stroke, you should take the following steps:
- Remove your pet from the hot environment immediately.
- Spray cool water to your pet’s fur and skin to maximise heat loss
- Don’t use ice or extremely cold water as this can make the situation worse.
- Take your pet to the vet immediately to be checked over
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How can you help prevent pets getting heat stroke?
As they aren’t able to cool themselves down as easily as humans, you should make sure they have access to a cool, shaded area when it gets hot.
You should provide clean, fresh drinking water to help them stay hydrated.
You should also never leave them in a car as temperatures can rise quickly and this can lead to death.
If the weather is looking too hot, you should avoid making pets exercise or going near areas such as concrete which can reflect heat and be scorching on their paws.