Heat Stroke - What should I do?

It's shaping up to be a hot hot hot summer this year, would you know what to look for and what to do if your dog started showing signs of heat stress?

What to look for:

High body temp (39 degrees or more)

Hot to touch

Vomiting

Excessive drooling

Rapid panting

Breathing dificulty

Distress

Loss of coordination

Weakness

Collapse

What to do:

1. Bring your pet to a cool, shaded area out of the sun or cool tiles near a fan. An air-conditioned room is ideal.

2. Use cold water, ice packs or wet towels to gently cool the head and body and offer small amounts of water to drink to help your pet rehydrate.

3. Remember to contact your vet immediately, even if the symptoms have subsided.

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