Sommer problems in dogs include allergy, itching, hair fall, and heat stroke in dogs and cats. Many dogs living in air-conditioned environment get heat stroke. Sometimes, the pet owners fail to recognize signs of heatstroke and the pet become severely sick. Heatstroke affects cats as well. Therefore, it is essential to recognize early signs of heatstroke in dogs and cats.
Why recognize signs of heat stroke in dogs!
There is a thin line between heat stress, hyperthermia and heat stroke. Hyperthermia is when the body temperature rises, but the body may still be trying to adjust to the increased temperature. Heatstroke is when the body gives up and the animal is in shock. Therefore, if we must recognize early the signs of heat stroke so as to take measures to control heat stress. Once the pet is in a state of shock emergency treatment needs to be started, a delay can leave you out of pocket for many thousands of dollars.
Early signs of heat stroke in dogs and cats
Cats are less prone to heat stress than dogs.
- Panting(both cats and dogs)
- Excercise intolerance- Your dog in heat stress may refuse to walk 6 blocks. She may sit down adamant to move.
- Excessive drooling
- Less urine or no urine and if there is urine it is very turbid and bad smelling
- Changes in gait or wobbly gait
- Refusing to eat
- Behaving unnaturally. Your dog may behave weirdly than he normally does.
- Tongue is swollen, dark and hanging outside mouth
As has been told earlier there is a very thin line between heat stress and heat stroke. Therefore, If above signs go unnoticed, the dog enters the phase of hyperthermia or heat stroke. Some of those serious signs are
- Gums become reddened
- increased body temperature
- rapid heart rate
- Black tarry stool
- Irregular heart beam
- may become unconscious
- Seizure and muscle tremors
There, to prevent your dog going to the stage of shock, it is utmost important to recognize the signs of stress in dogs and cats.
Finally, If you see signs of heat stress in dogs or cat read here “how to keep your pet cool in summer“.
Small animal veterinarian for last 20 years. works in self-owned pet clinic in Ranchi, India called Pluto Pet Clinic. Published several articles on pets and social media in various national and international pet magazines, blogs. Part of many international organisations including Nabuur, Mission Rabies, Asian Society of small animal dermatology, WSAVA.