Although some breeds are more susceptible than the others to hot weather, any animal can be in trouble. It’s important as pet parents we understand the risks, precautions and symptoms associated with it.
Our pets do get very uncomfortable when exposed to high temperatures, like summers in certain cities in India can be quite a challenge for them, they tend to overheat.
We as humans can work with various fabrics and remove layers to ensure we feel relatively cooler even on a hot day, our pets can’t do that which means it’s imperative to take certain precautions with them to avoid them from falling sick.
Dogs and cats can suffer from heatstroke, a life-threatening condition where the body temperature increases to a point where serious consequences, including organ failure and even death, can occur.
Listing out certain small animals that are more vulnerable than the others to catch a heat stroke:
Early signs of heatstroke in pet animals
These are similar in dogs and cats (although in cats the signs are often more subtle) and can include:
Advanced stages of heatstroke in pets
It’s best things don’t reach this stage as early signs are easy to identify however knowledge is the first step to prevention.
Advanced stages can include:
First aid for heatstroke in cats and dogs
Heat stroke in pets is actually a matter of emergency so if you feel your pet is overheated, its actually necessary you act immediately
Even if your pet seems to be ok it’s important to have them checked (unless told otherwise), as the more serious signs of heatstroke may not be immediately apparent.
Follow your vet’s advice thereon and allow him to do a full assessment.
Early recognition and prompt initiation of these measures can help to reduce the risks of any serious consequences, but avoidance is always best.
It doesn’t always have to be ‘hot’ for an animal to develop heatstroke. If the pet has been running outside, playing or walking for a long duration in a warm, humid environment or in a place where ventilations isn’t the best, they can overheat.
You can help to keep your pet cool and comfortable in summer by:
– Ensure cool areas, well shaded both indoors and outdoors
– Restricting walks to early morning or late evening so that the pet is not exposed to peak heat time
– Avoid heated pathways for the pet to walk on, imagine how it could burn our feet, it’s the same with their paws
– Never ever leave a pet in the car, even with a slight open window. It’s a hazard
– Ensure summer grooming, given what’s best advised by the groomer for the breed.