January 14, 2024
Not many dog owners would consider heat stroke in dogs to be an issue once the weather starts to get colder. Vet Laura Sulsh advises that although this condition is typically associated with summer, there are certain circumstances that could increase the risk of your canine companion becoming affected by heat stroke in winter too. Keep Portland Vets’ phone number stored in your mobile and contact us if you need our help – 01342 327799.
If your home is overheated due to malfunctioning heating systems, excessive use of space heaters, or a closed-off room with poor ventilation, Vet Laura Sulsh advises that your pet may be at risk of heat stroke. Ensure that indoor temperatures are comfortable for your dog and not excessively warm.
Pets left unattended in parked vehicles during winter can still be at risk of heat stroke if the vehicle’s interior becomes too warm. The sun’s rays can heat the car’s interior even on a cold day. On the flip side, being left in a cold vehicle can lead to hypothermia.
While it’s essential to keep pets warm during winter walks in and around East Grinstead, over-dressing them in heavy coats or sweaters can cause them to overheat. Ensure that your pet’s attire is appropriate for the weather and temperature conditions. If left alone indoors, extra layers should be removed and blankets used to warm up your pet, allowing them to move out from under them if they get too warm.
When dogs engage in strenuous physical activity, like running or playing fetch, they can generate enough body heat to become overheated even in cold weather. Vet Laura Sulsh recommends watching out for signs of overheating during winter activities – see below.
Remember, the signs of heat stroke in dogs can include heavy panting, drooling, weakness, vomiting, and even collapse.
If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat stroke, seek immediate veterinary help by calling Portland Vets on 01342 327799 and take steps to cool your pet down gradually while waiting for professional help.