Can the heat kill your dog?

What is heat stroke?

Also known as Hyperthermia, this is an elevation in body temperature that is above the generally accepted normal range. Although normal values for dogs vary slightly, it usually is accepted that body temperatures above 39° C are abnormal.

Hyperthermia can be categorized as either fever or non-fever hyperthermia’s. Fever hyperthermia results from inflammation in the body (such as the type that occurs secondary to a bacterial infection). Non-fever hyperthermia results from all other causes of increased body temperature. Heat stroke is caused by excessive environmental heat and humidity, which is due to weather conditions, such as a hot day, or to being enclosed in an unventilated room.

Certain dogs are more at risk of suffering under the African sun, so be extra vigilant if your dog is:

  • Short-faced (such as a Bulldog or Boston terrier)

  • Long and/or thick-coated or double-coated (such as Cocker spaniels, Siberian huskies, Pomeranians and Chows)

  • Overweight and unfit

  • Big-muscled

  • Very young or very old

  • Pregnant

  • Has suffered from an episode of heat stroke or exhaustion before

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Excessive and prolonged panting

  • Gums that are brick-red or purple-blue; tongue dark red

  • Sticky or dry tongue and/or gums

  • Excessive drooling, and/or foaming at the mouth

  • Upset stomach – vomiting and diarrhea

  • Staggering when moving

  • Difficulty in getting up or disorientated

  • Lethargic, collapsed, having seizures  

If you notice these symptoms, bring your dog to any TAH branch IMMEDIATELY or
Call 021 91 911 91.

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