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Heatstroke in Dogs and Cats




If you ever spent the summer in Tokyo, then you must have experienced the unbelievably hot and humid weather and would probably understand why heatstroke can also be a problem with pets.



Heatstroke is a state of hyperthermia which can be a very serious, life threatening condition to your dog/cat.

Predisposing factors include high temperature/humidity environment (inadequate ventilation), lack of drinking water, excessive exercise, anatomically related(flat face, short nose), health problems(respiratory, cardiac),obesity, thick/long coat etc.


Symptoms to look out for:


・Excessive panting

・Drooling

・Diarrhea, vomiting

・Lethargy

・Breathing distress

・Disorientation


Conditions can require emergency medical treatment so taking your pet to the vet's office is very important even if they seem to have recovered.


Remember that prevention is always important!!


Ways to prevent heatstroke :


・Provide a ventilated and shaded environment

・Avoid aggressive outside activity

・Never leave your pet in a non-air conditioned confined space ( like a car)

・Always allow access to sufficient drinking water


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