As we continue to have record breaking temperatures in Tampa, it is important for all pet owners to learn about pet heatstroke and heatstroke prevention.

What is heatstroke?
Heatstroke is a state of hyperthermia resulting in heat injury to tissues. Heatstroke occurs when heat generation exceeds the body’s ability lose heat.

What causes heatstroke?
• A warm/hot, humid environment with inadequate ventilation
• Inadequate shade
• Inadequate drinking water
• Excessive exercise

What can are some symptoms of heatstroke?
• Panting which increases as heatstroke progresses
• Agitation or restlessness
• Very red or pale gums
• Bright red tongue
• Increase heart rate
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Mental confusion, delirium
• Dizziness, staggering
• Lethargy, weakness,
• Seizures or muscle tremors
• Collapsing and lying down
• Little to no urine production

What should you do if you suspect your pet has a heatstroke?
• Remove your pet from the hot environment immediately
• Apply or spray tepid/cool (do not use ice cold water) water onto their fur and skin
• Wetting down the area around your pet can also help
• Take your pet to the nearest Veterinarian immediately

What can you do to prevent heatstroke?
• Have a cool, well-ventilated space for your pet
• All pets should have access to plenty of fresh drinking water at all times
• Never leave your pet in a car
• Avoid exercising animals in hot water
• Avoid hot sand, concrete or asphalt areas