Heatstoke in Dogs

The early stages of heatstoke are:

  • Heavy panting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • bright red gums and tongue
  • standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to remain balanced

Advanced stages are:

  • White or blue gums
  • Lethargy or unwillingness to move
  • Uncontrollable urination or defecation
  • Laboured, noisy breathing
  • Shock

What you should do:

  • Reduce body temperature as quickly as possible using cool water, air conditioning or fans
  • It is an EMERGENCY – call your veterinarian
  • Keep the dog wet during transport to the veterinarian
  • keep car windows open, evaporation will help reduce body temperature
  • AVOID using ice water as this may drop the body temperature too quickly

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How do I remove a tick from my pet?

If you see a tick attached to your pet’s skin, don’t cover it with petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol, or fingernail polish, or try to burn the tick with a match. Grab the tick as close as you can to the skin using tweezers. Swab the area with alcohol once the tick is removed. Consult us about ways to prevent tick infestations.