Humane Society: Pets can suffer heatstroke just like humans Featured

By Alex Turley July 11, 2018 176 0
Pets can suffer the same heat-related illnesses as humans, ranging from heat exhaustion to heatstroke. Pets can suffer the same heat-related illnesses as humans, ranging from heat exhaustion to heatstroke. Petfinder photo

Indoors is probably the best place for your pets this week as another blast of heat stifles the KVOE listening area.


But pets do have to go outside occasionally so it's important for pet owners to know the signs and symptoms of heat stress -- even heatstroke. Humane Society of the Flint Hills Director Judy Dieker has some prevention tips.

Signs of heat stroke include rapid panting, wide eyes, salivating, staggering, and an advance condition can cause the animal to collapse. Signs of overheating can involve panting, fast or noisy breathing, bright red or blue gums, vomiting and diarrhea.

Dieker says if your pet experiences heat stroke, spray them with cool water, while also giving them cool water drink or ice cubes to lick.

Neither the Emporia Animal Shelter nor the Humane Society of the Flint Hills have reported or received reports of pets suffering heat stroke, but temperatures are not predicted to cool down anytime in the near future.

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