Vet to public: Beware of animal heat stroke PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 March 2018 15:42

By RG Antonet Go

Like humans, animals also experience heat stroke during the summer months because of intense heat, according to a local veterinarian.

Veterinarian Anton Lim is thus urging the public, particularly pet owners, to take care of their dogs now that the summer months are here.

“Been getting a lot of heat stroke cases lately in my clinic.  With the onset of summer, this can only get worse if no preventive action is done,”  Lim said in an interview.

Lim said that he has been getting two to three cases of heat stroke these days compared to only one during the previous months.

Common signs of heat stroke in dogs are panting, excessive thirst, bright or dark red tongue and gums, glazed eyes, elevated body temperature, staggering and collapse.

Lim advised dog owners not to leave dogs outdoors for long periods of time, make sure water is available all the time, and walk dogs during early mornings or late afternoons when heat from the sun is not intense.

Dogs that are at greater risk of getting heat stroke include Brachycephalic breeds such as bulldogs, pugs or other short-snout dogs.

Senior dogs, puppies and dogs with chronic health conditions or those recovering from recent illnesses are also at greater risk.

Lim also advised dog owners to bring their pets immediately to the veterinarian if they observe symptoms of heat stroke.

Pet owners may also let their pets lick ice cubes if their dogs are still conscious.  (RGAAGo)