It has warmed up rapidly here in NYC this Spring; finally weather we can all enjoy!
This probably means that your pup will be spending a lot of time outside with you within the next few months, playing catch, swimming and playing with friends.
Here are some basic signs of heatstroke that can be easily detected:
- Uncontrollable panting
- Foaming at the mouth
- Loss of consciousness
- Tongue and gums that turn from bright red to blue to gray
- Capillary refill time of more than two seconds
Below are some ways to combat heatstroke if your pet is experiencing the above symptoms:
- Restrain the pet. Muzzle only if absolutely necessary. If muzzled, cool the pet because it will not be able to pant and cool itself.
- Bathe or hose the pet with cool water (not cold) until its temperature subsides. You can also place the pet in a cool, well-ventilated space and wrap it in a wet, cold sheet or towel.
- Prepare to treat for shock. This includes placing the pet on its side with head extended. If the pet isn’t muzzled, open its mouth and cautiously pull the tongue past its teeth with your fingers. Keep the tongue extended to keep the airway open. Slightly elevate the pet’s hindquarters.
- Monitor the pet’s temperature with a digital thermometer.
- Transport to the veterinarian or emergency animal hospital.