Heat Stroke for Dogs and Other Pets

Heat stroke is a threat everywhere, but especially in Florida. Surprisingly, the condition is not always most frequent in the summer. Rather, it’s common in the spring or the fall, when the weather is changing. In the middle of July, most owners know better than to leave their pet in a parked car or running outside for long periods. During spring, fall, or even winter, some owners misjudge how hot it actually can get in the yard or the car, especially when the temperature is less than 80 degrees.

A pet’s temperature can increase quickly and dramatically if your pet is left in a parked car or becomes excited, often within 15 minutes.

Signs of heat stroke include:

  • Fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Pet feeling hot to the touch
  • Excessive salivation

If you suspect that your pet is overheated, immediately wash him down with cool water. Take him to your veterinarian right away, since Heat Stroke is a serious pet emergency and is potentially fatal. Sometimes, after a pet subject to heat stroke is cooled, he might appear normal for a while, when in fact serious organ damage is happening. Your pet should always be examined by a vet after an apparent bout with heat stroke.

On evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, call Animal Emergency at 727-786-5755.