It’s finally summer, and you and your pet can feel it. It’s important to keep the following in mind regarding how heat stroke can affect your pet.

Heat stroke is hyperthermia (high body temperature) that develops when the body’s normal cooling mechanisms (mainly panting) are overcome by heat. The body temperatures in these animals are often 106° F and above. Both dogs and cats of any age or breed can be affected.

1. Obese animals and those with thick hair coats are at an increased risk. The brachycephalic (short-nosed) dog breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers, etc are especially predisposed due to breed related upper airway conformation. Dogs with laryngeal paralysis are also at risk.

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2. Even on a cool day, animals shut in cars without the windows down can suffer from heat stroke.

dog in car

3. Taking your pet on an outdoor adventure? Make sure you bring water and bowl for them. Find a cool, shady spot for them to rest.

dog and bowl of water

4. Above all, the most important thing for owners to understand about heat stroke is that it is an emergency situation. The animal should be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible for treatment. Cooling during transport with air conditioning and wet towels is a good idea, but delay in getting the animal to the hospital for cooling at home is not recommended.

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You can learn more about heat stroke HERE.

These tips were brought to you by Metropolitan Veterinary Associates. They’ve made changes to their practice to keep their patients, customers, and staff safe, including curbside check-in, telemedicine appointments, and more. Learn more here, or check out the MVA Blog with articles:
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