How To Avoid, Manage, And Fix Heat Stroke For Pets In This Heat Wave

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27 November 2018

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A heatwave will continue to keep North Queensland feeling a lot warmer than usual for the rest of this week, but have you checked on your pets?

Animals will be feeling these conditions just as much as us, so here's how to manage your pet in a heat wave, and what to do if they're struggling. 

How to manage:
Restrict their exercise and walk them only in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler
Never leave them in a hot car or room
Ensure they have water and a shaded spot to spend time
Spray them down with cool water

Signs that your pet has heat stroke:
Racing heart
Glassy/fearful expression in their eyes
Heavy panting or excessive drooling 
Their gums/tongue are red or purple
Their legs are collapsing or they are staggering when walking
High body temperature 

How to manage your pet if they have these signs:
Move them to a cool spot
Offer small amounts of water 
Cool them down with a wet towel 
Contact your vet

Breeds of dogs that are less tolerant of heat:
Boston Terrier
Shih Tzus
French Bulldogs

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