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As the weather warms up in spring and summer we spend more time outdoors with our dogs, and the risk of heat stroke, or hyperthermia, is increased.
Learn About Heat Stroke in Pets
As the weather warms up in spring and summer we spend more time outdoors with our dogs, and the risk of heat stroke, or hyperthermia, is increased. Heat stroke commonly occurs when dogs are left in vehicles without adequate ventilation, but can also occur due to walking them during hot weather or even from being left outside during very hot days without adequate shade or water.
Other predisposing factors to heatstroke include obesity, the thickness of the coat, and breed-related conformational variations of the face and airways such as in pugs and french bulldogs.
What symptoms does it cause?
Hyperthermia can be a severe condition which can have affects on every system in your pets body.
What to do if you suspect your pet has heat stroke?
Do not place wet towels over your pet and leave in place as they can easily heat up and worsen the condition. Do not force water into your pets mouth, but ensure there is water available if they wish to drink. Do not overcool your pet, best avoided by seeking urgent care.
What can I do to avoid my dog getting heatstroke?
- Always provide adequate shade and ventilation for you pet.
- Avoid exercising during the heat of the day and walking on hot surfaces
- Always ensure you pet has enough fresh water
- Encourage your dog to enjoy some water fun when it’s really hot like the retriever or the kelpie in the photos
- You can also put some of your dogs favourite treats in water and freeze them for a fun summer time treat