14 Jul Patient of the Week – Milo
This gorgeous guy is Milo. During the extreme heatwave, Milo was one of many animals who suffered from heat stroke, a life-threatening condition. Our team stepped in, saving his life and providing hours of intensive care. We are just as happy as Milo, who has made a full recovery.
Heat stroke is very serious in animals, it can cause damage to their internal organs and, if left untreated, can rapidly become fatal.
The main factor that can lead to heat stroke is a hot environment with inadequate ventilation e.g. pets being left in an unventilated room or vehicle.
Other factors include lack of shade and drinking water, excessive exercise and animals with brachycephalic airways (such as pugs).
See below to ensure you are aware of the signs of heat stress, and always consider getting pet insurance to help in times when emergency medical care is needed for your little furry loved ones 💛
Signs Of Heat Stress In Dogs and Cats:
- Excessive panting
- Breathing/respiratory distress
- Excessive drooling
- Agitation or restlessness
- Bright red gums or tongue
- Uncoordinated movement
- Acute collapse or loss of consciousness
Top Tips For Keeping Your Pets Cool:
- Offer ice treats such as frozen cubes of low salt chicken stock or tuna water for cats.
- Provide ice cubes to play with or lick.
- Groom your pet to remove excess fur, which could trap heat.
- Always ensure plenty of fresh drinking water is available for them.
- Provide cooling mats or beds to lie on.
- Use a damp towel or cooling bandana on pets who will tolerate it.
- Avoid strenuous hiking, take plenty of extra water and a pet first aid kit.
Be aware of signs of heat stress! Your dog or cat’s life depends on it.