Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is very common in the Central Victorian area as our days get longer and hotter. It is important to keep an eye out for signs of heat stroke in our aniamls. 

It is especially important for owners of:

- Older pets

- Pets with thick coats

- Short noses (Pugs, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs ect)

- Pets adapted to cooler climates

Some signs of heat stroke include:

-rapid panting

- lethargy, drooling

- muscle tremors-

- weakness, or collapse.

Severe heat stroke can lead to:

- Seizures

- Dehydration

- Kidney failure

- Brain damage

- Death

Here are some tips for you to assist your pet in the warmer months:

- Always provide fresh cool water for your pets to stay hydrated. 

- Ensure that your animal has access to a shady and well-ventilated area throughout all hours of the day.

- NEVER leave your animal in a hot car! Even with the windows open the car can turn into an oven. Within 4-6 minutes animals can suffer from heat stroke, brain damage, or even die. 

- Where possible, allowing the air conditioner or fans to be on in the house will help assist with cooling them down. 

- Adding ice blocks to the water bowl or alternatively, filling up plastic water bottles and then freezing them. You can put the bottles in their bedding to stay cool.