Summer heat

Summer – what to do if your pet suffers from a heatstroke

SUMMER- Time for a tan, humans would greatly appreciate summer but our furry babies will not. If less is more for us when temperature spikes, shouldn’t it be good for our pets, too?

Dubai—as of today’s writing, declared that summer in Dubai officially has started on 21st of June and temperatures are rising. Even taking them for an evening walk could be too much during Dubai summers.

Heat Stroke is the more common term for Hyperthermia (AKA elevated body temperature). Studies show that dog’s normal body temperature is between 99.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature rises to at least 103, the bells are loudly ringing and the dog may already be in danger and suffering of a heat stroke.

Be aware of the most common symptoms and look out for the signs in your pet. Some of these may include the following:

• Excessively drooling
• Agitation
• Restlessness
• Panting heavily
• Lethargic
• Loss of consciousness

NOTE: Geriatric pets (7 years for large breeds and 14 for small ones), pets with specific problems and overweight pets are more prone to heat stroke. So as owner/parent, be on high alert.

If any of these symptoms show, perform an Emergency First Aid at home—your aim is to normalize the body temperature.

• Remove your pet from the hot environment immediately.
• Apply or spray tepid/cool water onto their fur and skin.
• Apply wet flannels with fresh water to the pet’s head, neck, abdomen, chest, and legs.

At this point, it would be best advised to get an urgent appointment with your vet to help you rule out any possible side effects from heat stroke as they will perform all the necessary blood works, should it all be needed and medical procedures to stabilize the situation.

How do I protect them from the danger that Hyperthermia brings?

• Limit their exposure to the outside; avoid taking them out for a stroll between 11:00-03:00 pm as this is hottest hours of the day.
• Make sure your pet has enough cold water nearby and never leave them unattended.
• Do a regular trip to your pet groomer or grooming facility—especially for those breeds with thick furs

Remember, heat stroke is an EMERGENCY. Keep an eye on your pet at all times; restrict them to any direct sun exposure during the summer season. And most importantly, make sure that there is enough water for them. Keep this in mind: if you are hot, your pets feel even hotter. As their pet parent, be sure to protect them so both of you can take plenty of pictures and enjoy a happy and safe summer.