Heatstroke is a case wherein your pet’s body temperature exceeds its normal level. The heat generation in the body is much higher than its capability to release that heat. This is usually seen during the hard summer months like April and May in India. Heat stroke is a life-threatening disease and can cause harm to your pet’s internal organs.
What are the reasons for a heat stroke?
1) Inadequate shade
2) Longer exposure to sun or heat waves
3) Inadequate water consumption
4) Unventilated room
5) Constant environment shifts with different temperatures
Symptoms causing heat stroke:
1) Excessive panting: This happens when your dog’s body temperature is excessively heated up.
2) Drooling: Excessive salivation or constant drooling is a sign of heat stroke.
3) Seizures/ fits: Heat stroke can cause brain swelling, seizures and fits. In this situation, it is advised to take your pet to a vet.
4) Restlessness or Agitation: Dogs cannot tolerate the high temperatures as well as humans. Their sweat glands are around their nose and feet, which makes them less efficient to cool themselves down. The rising body temperature can make them restless and agitated.
5) Vomiting/Diarrhoea: Vomiting and diarrhoea can take place due to high body temperature and with the loss of blood in these secretions. This can also happen due to a sudden climate change and rise in the temperature.
6) Dullness/tiredness: If your pet is lying down constantly and not being active then it can be because of his/her temperature. This can also affect their eating habits. If you notice these changes it’s advised to consult a vet to avoid an extreme medical condition.