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(336) 288-2688

Protecting Your Pets from Heat Stroke in Greensboro, NC

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Heat stroke is a dangerous condition that can affect a variety of different kinds of pets. As your pet's emergency veterinarian in the area, we encourage all pet owners in Greensboro, Kernersville, Reidsville and the surrounding area to protect their pets from heat stroke.

Protect Your Pet from Heat Stroke at Home

Heat stroke can strike when the temperatures outside are hot, and especially during times of high humidity. There are many things you can do to protect your pet from heat stroke, including:

  • Provide your pet with access to shade and cool water when your pet spends time outdoors.
  • Never leave your pet in a closed vehicle, even just for a few minutes.
  • Keep your pets indoors in the air conditioning when temperatures outside get very high.
  • Avoid engaging in rigorous exercise with your pet when the temperature outside is very high.

Which Pets are Most At Risk

All pets can be affected by heat stroke if left in hot temperatures for too long. However, the most vulnerable pets are older and very young pets, pets who exercise too hard in hot weather, pets who are overweight and pets with short muzzles. Short muzzled pets include Pugs, Shih Tzus, and Boxers.

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke

Knowing the symptoms of heat stroke can help you watch for this problem and get your pet the help he or she needs when the time comes.

  • Faster than usual heartbeat
  • Heavy panting
  • Vomiting
  • Staggering
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Deeply red or nearly purple tongue
  • Glazed eyes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive salivation

What to Do When Heat Stroke Strikes

When heat stroke strikes, get your pet to a cooler area immediately. An air conditioned room or even a shady area can help. Give your pet cool water to drink, or allow your pet to lick an ice cube. Running cool water over your pet can help, but be careful not to use very cold water, like from a hose. It's important not to cool your pet down too much, as this can result in hypothermia.

Once you're making the effort to cool down your pet, contact your pet's veterinarian immediately and be prepared to take your pet to the vet as soon as he or she can be moved.

Your Greensboro, Reidsville and Kernersville Emergency Veterinarian

As your pet's veterinarian in Greensboro, Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic helps pets from the surrounding communities, including Reidsville and Kernersville. Summers here can get hot, and pets in the area are at risk for problems like heat stroke. To protect your pet from this problem, keep the phone number for your pet's after hours emergency vet in your area to help ensure that you'll know who to call in the event of a pet emergency. Call us today at (336) 288-2688.

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