Heatstroke can occur if the animal is exposed to high temperatures over 85 degrees without water or shade, or even less, depending on their health and age. Ambient temperatures may be as low as 70 degrees but the temperature in a car - even with the windows open- can climb to over 100 very quickly. Within minutes! Be careful about leaving animals in cars! A greyhound arrived for a routine rehab with a temperature of 104.5 just because her owner's car air-conditioning wasn't working for the ten-minute drive to my clinic.
Signs of Heatstroke
Excessive Salivation (thick, ropey saliva)
If you take a rectal temperature in a heat-stressed animal and it's over 104, go to the ER.
Cool animal down by using coolish (not ice-cold) water all over, especially in the groin area, on the feet and head, and go to the vet.
Do not use alcohol. It can be absorbed through the skin and may be toxic to the animal.
A veterinarian may need to give IV fluids and other treatments to stabilize the pet.
Heatstroke can become life-threatening very quickly, especially for greyhounds, brachycephalic breeds, and cats.
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