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VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of Arizona discusses the warning signs of heat stroke

Posted at 8:37 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 12:04:30-04

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Heat stroke is no joke. It is defined as a patient with a temperature of over 104° F with neurologic complications and organ dysfunction. Brachycephalics, elderly, patients with underlying disease and some types of medication can increase risk of heat stroke.

Prevention is key - during summer months walks should occur early and late in the day. Pets that are at higher risk should have limited exercise even during "cooler times." Even a 70° F day can be too hot for pets during exercise. Keeping pets indoors is best. If they are unable to be indoors, they should be provided shade, copious amounts of fresh, clean water and ideally a fan for circulation of air. NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE NO MATTER THE TEMPERATURE.

Signs of heat stroke include panting excessively, weakness, lethargy, exercise intolerance, bruising, bleeding, and collapse.

If you think your pet may have heat stroke, wet them with room temperature water or a damp towel and place a fan on them to begin cooling while you make your way to a veterinary hospital. All pets suspected to have heat stroke should be evaluated by a veterinarian even if they seem OK. With appropriate and timely treatment, the prognosis for heat stroke can be good.

At VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of Arizona, we help pets live longer, healthier, and happier lives through the highest quality critical care, surgery, oncology and internal medicine services, as well as emergency care at all times.

Located in Mesa, our outstanding supporting staff are trained to the highest standards to help ensure that all our patients receive the best in healing care.

Our hospital has been serving Arizona for over 50 years and will continue to be here when you pets need us. We are available to serve your emergency needs 24/7, our specialists are available Monday through Saturday.

For more information call 480-877-0191 or visit