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Posted on 07-07-2015

Summer is finally here, and it’s not without risks.  As temperatures rise, we are seeing an increase in heat stroke and burns from asphalt at our hospital.  Here are some tips to help everyone enjoy summertime, 2- and 4-legged alike.



Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when body temperature exceeds a healthy range and reaches 106° to 109° Fahrenheit.  Death can occur within minutes of the body’s core temperature reaching 110°F.  Being left in a hot car and exercising in hot weather are some of the most common causes of heatstroke in pets.  Signs of heatstroke include - panting, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation, seizures, coma, and death.  Factors that may make some animals particularly at risk for heatstroke include obesity and a decreased ability to circulate air through the lungs, especially those with laryngeal paralysis or brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds.  Immediate action must be taken when a pet is found to be suffering from heatstroke.  The great news is heatstroke can be avoided!  Keep fresh water available and make sure your pets have a cool place to spend the day.   

Mariah Ortega said:

I found this to be very informative. Thank you for posting this hopefully people will read and become more educated on how to prevent heatstroke.

2015-07-07 17:11:38

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