Interview with Dr. Nicole Enderle
As temperatures rise on a hot day so does the risk of heat stroke. Heat stroke can affect us and it can affect our pets.
Unlike their human friends, our pets lack sweat glands to help them with evaporative cooling of their bodies. Panting is the primary means by which our pets cool themselves, and is a sign that they are feeling hot. Plenty of shade and fresh water are a must, but sometimes are not enough.
Heat stress can progress to heat stroke very rapidly, especially in animals that have other health issues. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, immediately move it to a cool location and dampen its body to help promote cooling. Call your veterinarian and let them know you’re on your way, so emergency treatment can be started as soon as possible.
Above all, prevent heat stress and heat stroke by providing your pet fresh clean water and a cool place to rest. Let’s keep it safe during the “dog days” of summer.