Our veterinarians at Eastlake Village Veterinary Clinic are sharing some helpful wellness tips for your pet below.
Prevent Heat Stroke
Protect your pet from heat stroke. Heat stroke is a fever that is induced by high environmental temperatures – and it can be prevented!
Don’t let your pet over-heat:
Animals are at risk when exposed to hot and humid temperatures because effective evaporated cooling in cats and dogs cannot occur in these conditions. This results in the body’s core temperature rising drastically to above 106 degrees (between 103 and 106 is within normal range). Once the body exceeds 106, cellular function is seriously affected and unconsciousness and even death may follow.
Situations or conditions that can lead to heat stroke:
- Pets left out doors in hot and humid weather with no shade or water.
- Exercising your pet in hot humid weather even if you have water available is putting your pet at risk.
- Leaving your pet in a closed car in direct sun or on a warm day even with cracked open windows can be deadly. Panting is a normal physiological means to cool off, but it actually humidifies the air, making it warmer inside the car – and even more difficult for an animal to cool down.
- Young and old animals are more sensitive to high temperatures because they cannot acclimatize effectively.
- Heavy coated dogs (Husky, German Shepherd, Chow Chow) are especially at risk. Do you wear your parka when it’s hot outside? They don’t have a choice.
- Animals with medical problems need to be monitored closely. Those with a history of seizures, and heart or lung disease should never be exposed to hot, humid temperatures.
- Certain breeds with short snouts such as Shih tzus, Boxers, Pekinese, Bull dogs and Persian cats are particularly susceptible to heat stroke due to their flat faces. It makes breathing more difficult.