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Dogs don’t sweat like we do. While we sweat through the pores in our skin, most of a dog’s sweat glands are found on their footpads. Dogs keep cool by panting but this is not as efficient as sweating in people.
Considering how hot our summers are, and unfortunately becoming hotter year on year, heatstroke can develop rapidly, so it’s important that you are aware of the early signs of a hot pet:
As their body temperature increases, the more serious signs of heatstroke begin to appear:
Heatstroke can cause multiple organ damage and can be fatal if not treated promptly. If you notice any of the above signs in your pet, take them to your vet immediately. Never cool your pet down too rapidly as this can be dangerous. Instead, place damp towels over them, offer them a drink of water and ensure that you keep the windows down and air-conditioning on during the car trip.
Thankfully, heatstroke is mostly preventable. By following the Dr Lisa approved tips, you can minimise the risk of heatstroke.
Remember that all animals can develop heatstroke, not just dogs. Cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are particularly prone to overheating so follow the above advice for them too.