Well Summer is here!! Its only the first week and here in Queensland we have been sweltering with temperatures reaching 40 degrees and the hottest December days for ten years.
The heat is not only felt by people but our four legged friends feel it too. During the hot and humid summer days it is always a possibility that our pets may suffer from heat stroke. Heat stroke is a very serious and life threatening condition that can progress quite quickly. Heat stroke occurs when your pet starts to overheat and is unable to cool themselves down. Unlike people, dogs and cats do not sweat, only a little through their foot pads and nose, and they rely on panting to cool themselves down. Often when the air temperature is high their panting is not efficient enough to cool them down and they can become stressed and suffer from heat stroke.
Some things that make your pet more susceptible to suffering from heat stroke include;
* Extreme heat and humidity
* Being locked in a car
* Exercising in extreme heat or humidity
* Being confined with no shade or fresh cool drinking water
* Being confined with no ventilation or air circulation
* Being confined on hot surfaces like concrete or bitumen
* Being muzzled
* Obese pets are more prone to heat stroke
* Pets with medical conditions, like heart and lung problems
* Short-nosed breeds like Pugs or British Bulldogs are more susceptible to heat stroke
* Having a history of heat stroke