Pets Overheating

Pets Overheating

Recently in the media, there have been lots of stories about animals (and children) being left in a motor vehicle during the hot weather. It cannot be said enough, please don’t leave your pets in the car during this heat. Even with the window partly open, there is not enough air flow to effectively cool the rising temperatures in the car. Dark colored interiors can reach very high temperatures which concurrently will heat the trapped air and act like a convection oven cooking whatever is inside. This doesn’t mean that light colored interior vehicles don’t heat up as well. This heat can and will lead to brain damage, kidney damage and eventually shut down an animal’s body.

This “cooking”  inside a hot car does not take long, and even if caught while the animal is still alive, can cause permanent damages to internal organs. One of the ideas is to leave the car running, with the air conditioning on, and water in the vehicle. Please be aware of the mechanical state of your vehicle if this is what you choose to do. If the car should stop running, or if the air conditioning should stop running, it will not take long to heat up. It is advised to please leave your pets at home in these hot summer months. It is better to be safe than sorry!

 

 

  • Move your pet to a cool environment and place a fan directly over them if possible
  • Apply cool water or cool, wet compresses to your pet’s neck, armpit, and groin areas. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water. Never use ice cold water as this can actually slow down the cooling process of the core body temperature
  • Do not force water or fluids into your pet’s mouth. However, have plenty of fresh water available
  • Measure the rectal temperature
  • Once your pet’s body temperature is down to 39 degrees celsius you may stop trying to actively cool them as their body temperature will continue to fall.

 

– See more at: http://www.guardianvetcentre.com/html/pet-owners/Pet-Help-Articles/Heat-Stroke/index.cfm#sthash.6ZsitfLk.dpuf

  • Move your pet to a cool environment and place a fan directly over them if possible
  • Apply cool water or cool, wet compresses to your pet’s neck, armpit, and groin areas. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water. Never use ice cold water as this can actually slow down the cooling process of the core body temperature
  • Do not force water or fluids into your pet’s mouth. However, have plenty of fresh water available
  • Measure the rectal temperature
  • Once your pet’s body temperature is down to 39 degrees celsius you may stop trying to actively cool them as their body temperature will continue to fall.

 

– See more at: http://www.guardianvetcentre.com/html/pet-owners/Pet-Help-Articles/Heat-Stroke/index.cfm#sthash.6ZsitfLk.dpuf

2 responses to “Pets Overheating”

  1. Manie says:

    I am so glad your article really helped me.

  2. Lana Getz says:

    I did not get a chance to thank Dr. Ellis. Today when she looked after Rex. I appreciate her Taking care of him. Thank you!