Dog Days of Summer
Heat stroke in animals often reults in irreversible damage or even death. Common symptoms of heat stroke can be heavy panting, weakness, uncoordinated movement, collapse, darker than normal tongue and gums, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of consciousness and seizures. with the right precautions, heat stroke is completely preventable. With excess exertion, heat stroke can occur even on a cool day. Consider the ball crazed dog that will keep running and fetching as long as someone keeps throwing. Drinking lots of water helps, but can’t always prevent heat stroke in dogs who work too hard in the heat. The unfortunate fact is that, even with aggressive veterinary care, many dogs with heat stroke fail to recover. Death can be associated with blood clotting abnormalities, neurological damage, and/or organ failure. If you suspect your pet has heat stroke the best thing is to spend a few minutes cooling them down with cool water before heading immediately to the closest veterinary hospital. Fore more information on the signs of heat stroke and how to prevent it CLICK HERE.