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What Are The Signs of Heat Stroke In Pets?

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With summer upon us it is time to let the dogs have their fun in the sun, and be mindful of their health. One important question that is often asked is, and answered in this important article, “What Are The Signs of Heat Stroke In Pets?” Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM writes:

“Imagine not being able to shed your winter clothes on a hot summer day, and your only means of cooling off was by panting. Dogs and cats have little choice when it comes to keeping cool in summer heat. Recognizing the signs of heatstroke will allow for prompt treatment; and time is of the essence when treating this condition.”

Dr. Crosby continues to share this short list of symptoms:

Answer: Signs of heat stroke include (but are not limited to):

  • body temperatures of 104-110F degrees
  • excessive panting
  • dark or bright red tongue and gums
  • sticky or dry tongue and gums
  • staggering
  • stupor
  • seizures
  • bloody diarrhea or vomiting
  • coma”
  • death

Click here to read the full article which goes on to explain how to care for your pet and what to do if they are over-heated and showing signs of heat stroke.

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