Beware of Heat Stroke!

As Indra Sundamurti shares in our latest Groovy Educational Video, she lost her pug, Bobby, due to heat stroke. While Bobby was outside in a shaded area for only a few minutes with his caretaker, he collapsed and died a few days later.

We don’t want your dog to suffer the same fate as Bobby, who was very much loved and is now very much missed.

Although to many of us, dogs are our kids we have to know that dogs do not perspire the way humans do. The only sweat glands that they have are on the pads of their feet. Dogs pant to cool themselves and also use a temperature exchange called convection to cool their skin. Both panting and convection cool the body by exchanging the warm body temperatures for the cooler air outside.

When a dog can’t regulate his / her own body temperature anymore, heat stroke happens.
Signs of heat stroke include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive panting
  • Increased salivation
  • Bright red tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
  • Diarrhea

Once you recognize these symptoms, react quickly, because seizures, coma, cardiac arrest, and even death can occur.

Remove your dog from the hot area immediately. Prior to taking him / her to your veterinarian, lower his temperature by wetting him / her thoroughly with cool water (for very small dogs, use lukewarm water), then increase air movement around him with a fan.

Do not use very cold water, which can be counterproductive!

Call your veterinarian immediately for further instructions. Our 24-hour emergency hotline number is (+62) 811 888 2490.

Source: Drs. Foster & Smith