Hyperthermia (fever) is an elevation in body temperature above normal range for the species affected (dogs normal is 101.5F).
Heat Stroke (heat exhaustion) is a form of hyperthermia that occurs when heat-dissipating mechanisms of the body cannot accommodate excessive heat. Body temperatures above 105F are suggestive of heat stroke.
- Heat stroke can be seen in all breeds of all ages, but may be more likely in long haired and brachycephalic (short nosed) breeds as well as younger and older individuals.
- Elevated environmental temperature and humidity
- Confinement in a car or other area without adequate ventilation
- Restricted access to water
Signs of heat stroke are very similar to the signs seen in humans, although dogs pant more in an effort to cool themselves.
- Hypersalivation (drooling)
- Warm to touch
- Red mucous membranes of mouth
- Rapid heart rate
- Dry nose
- Quiet or poorly responsive, may lay down and refuse or be unable to rise
- Blood from mouth or in stool
- Muscle tremors
- Ataxia (staggering)
Heat stroke is best prevented by avoiding the previously listed risk factors and closely observing your dog. If you are hot so is your dog. Remember our dogs will always try to please us. Consequently, watch closely and do not ask your dog to exercise or play hard on hot humid days.
Whether indoors or outside, dogs can best acclimate to high temperatures if provided good air circulation, shade and access to fresh water.
If you believe your pet is suffering from heat stroke, please call us: 905-822-1644
Right now, staying home is the safest thing we can do for ourselves and our cats. But someday, someway, many will be asked to go back into their offices. Though some may be excited to get rid of cabin fever, cats may have gotten used to — and even enjoyed — this version of normal life.
“Our cats have adjusted their rhythm to ours,” says Jackson Galaxy, a cat behavior and wellness expert, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” and NY Times best-selling author. “Now, they are used to getting a certain amount of petting … [and] playing. How do we get them to get back to the reality of work?”
Jackson says parents can prepare their cats for when they go back to work slowly and shares tips to make a seamless transition.
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