With the arrival of summer, high temperatures are constantly present. Both humans and pets suffer the effects and that is why it is advisable to take into account some aspects to avoid heat stroke in your animals.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
One aspect that will clearly indicate the thermal level of our animal is panting, since, since they do not have sweat glands through the skin, this system is the one they use to lose heat. A excessive panting and low physical activity may be a clear reflection that your animal is experiencing heat stroke.
In addition, we can also find other symptoms such as: Excessive saliva, very red gums, increased heart rate, anxiety and confusion. In more serious cases: vomiting, bloody diarrhea and seizures.
How to avoid heat stroke in animals:
It is important to take some precautions to avoid this problem and spend a calm summer without unforeseen events. Here are some recommendations:
- control the physical exercise of your pet, especially in the sunny hours. It is recommended to modify the schedule of walks looking for a suitable temperature in addition to avoiding walks through asphalt, since this material reaches very high heat levels.
- keep a hydration constant of your animal, facilitating them fresh water at all times.
- When it is possible, wet it with water and moistens mainly the areas of the head and trunk.
- If your pet has long hair ask for the opinion of professionals so that they can recommend the best haircut that prevents your animal from getting too hot.
- Always look for places with good ventilation not leave your animal in a car under any circumstances.
What to do if my pet is getting heat stroke?
The most important thing is to try to lower the temperature of the animal, it can be using wet cloths, fanning him and keeping it hydrous. It is recommended that you drink water, but not too fast so that your hydration levels stabilize.
In the case of dogs, the pads are their self-regulation system, so it would be good to keep them moist.
These actions are first aid that must be done at home, however, the most important thing is to go to a Pet Center for experts to control the state of your animal.