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Heat Stroke in Pets

Posted by petsavenuevet on June 4, 2015 in Common emergiences | No Comments

In sunny Singapore, temperatures can get uncomfortably high. When the weather is hot and humid (like how it has been the past few weeks), our pets have an increased risk of developing heat stroke. What is heat stroke? What are some symptoms that we can look out for and how can it be prevented? Read our article to find out more!


What is heat stroke?

Heat stroke happens when the body’s temperature rises so high that it causes tissue damage. It is more common in dogs than in cats, and occurs more frequently in animals that are obese or experiencing upper airway obstruction due to a pre-existing condition. Exercise in hot and humid weather, confinement in poorly ventilated areas, and deprivation of water and/or shade also increase your pet’s risk of developing heat stroke.

What causes heat stroke?

What are the common symptoms of heat stroke?

Early signs of heat stroke include:

As the problem progresses, the following may occur:

More severe symptoms include:

What should I do if my pet has a heat stroke?

Heat stroke is an emergency condition, and your pet should be brought to a vet immediately. Before the vet attends to your pet, you can try to lower your pet’s body temperature slowly by spraying your pet with cool water, wrapping your pet with cool, wet towels, or using a fan for convection cooling. It is extremely important to avoid ice or very cold water as this actually prevents the pet from losing body heat. Shivering is also undesirable as it generates body heat.

What are some tips for heat stroke?

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