Mo Chara Animal Rescue - Signs of heatstroke

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We’ve mentioned caring for your pets in warm weather before but with temperatures set to reach 30 degrees in some parts of Tipperary this weekend, we felt it was vital to take a more in depth look at Heatstroke in pets and how to treat and prevent it!
Luckily for us humans, we can seek out shade and cold treats as a respite for the heat but unfortunately, animals can’t tell us when they feel too hot and if they do not have ready access to shade and cool drinking water, they run a high risk of developing heatstroke. In severe heat, heatstroke can become fatal in minutes – the animal’s brain will swell causing seizures. As the circulatory system shuts down, poor blood flow can lead to permanent kidney damage and other organ failure.
Early Signs of Heatstroke
Excessive heavy panting and dribbling, Dark red or blue-tinged gums and tongue, Some animals become very restless while others may seem lethargic.
Advanced Signs of Heatstroke
Slow or difficult breathing, Trembling, Seizures, Collapse, Death.
If you suspect an animal is suffering from heatstroke, act quickly – Get them to a cool, shaded area – an area with a fan or air conditioning is ideal. If they are conscious, offer them small amounts of cool (but not freezing cold) water to drink. Wet their body with cool water using a hose or wet towels to help lower their body temperature. Once you have taken these emergency measures to drop their temperature, bring them to a vet immediately – they will likely be dehydrated and IV fluids may be needed to quickly prevent any further organ damage.
Preventing Heatstroke
Make sure your pets have access to heavy/complete shade and clean, cool drinking water. Ideally keep them inside your house during the hottest hours of the day.
Check to ensure they are not confined in an outdoor “sun-trap” or overly hot shed/kennel.
Dogs can be hosed down to help them cool off or you can encourage them to play in a filled paddling pool (you can even get special sturdy pools for dogs that cannot be punctured).
Keep your dogs exercise to early morning or late evening – do not walk them between 12 and 4 in extreme sunshine – not only may they overheat due to the heat rising from the ground but hot concrete or tarmac can burn their paws.
Never, ever leave your pets in a car for any length of time on a hot day – it takes minutes for a warm car to become an oven. If you can bring your pets with you at your destination, leave them at home where they will be safe!
For more information about heatstroke in pets, or about adopting from Mo Chara Animal Rescue, please call 087-2577182 (for cat adoptions and general queries) or 087-6576022 (for dog adoptions), email mocharaanimalrescue@live.ie or find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mocharaanimalrescue).
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