Like humans, dehydration and heatstroke are serious conditions for pets, and require timely intervention. It’s important to get to the vet if your pet is suffering from a temperature-related issue, and if not, precaution is always better than cure. Amid record high temperatures in March-April this year, pet parents should keep in mind that summers can be unforgivable for their furry friends.
Pets can suffer from dehydration, tick fever and heat stroke. Such problems can cause excessive gasping, restlessness, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, mental lethargy, lethargy and fainting. If you own a dog, symptoms may include dry mouth, high body temperature, thick saliva, loss of appetite, change in gum color.
Why does heat stroke happen? There are many factors that contribute to why heat stroke occurs in dogs, and they mainly occur around environmental conditions. But some pets are also at risk for their breed or for pre-existing medical reasons.
Here are some environmental conditions that may contribute:
- high temperature
- high humidity
- Lack of adequate air flow or ventilation problem
- insufficient or no shade at all
- If pets are not used to hot weather, they may face some problems. It takes up to 60 days for dogs to get used to significant changes in temperature.
- Pets were left in closed infrastructure without air conditioning, for example garages.
- We have also seen people leaving their pets in cars.
Steps you can take to prevent heat stroke and dehydration:
- Make sure you don’t leave your pet unattended in parked cars
- When going on a car trip, make sure you keep it cool, stop frequently and have water readily available
- Don’t let your pet exercise during the hottest time of day
- Make sure there is enough cool water and shade available
- Make sure you don’t let your pet walk on hot sand, concrete, bitumen or any other surface where heat is reflected
- Keeping your dog well hydrated with easy access to water is the crux.