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What is Heatstroke in Pets?  Signs, Prevention, Treatment

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Help your pet deal with the Australian heat.

What is Heatstroke in Pets? Signs, Prevention, Treatment

During summer, many pets become a little uncomfortable with the heat and humidity and also the increased abundance of parasites that thrive in warmer weather.

This information will help you understand and protect your pet against some of the common dangers of summer, including heatstroke, sunburn and biting parasites.

How do pets normally lose heat?

To maintain a normal body temperature, pets lose heat through evaporative cooling, similar to humans when we sweat:

However, these mechanisms of losing heat become ineffective when environmental humidity exceeds 80%.

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke or hyperthermia:

Situations that can put your pet at risk of heatstroke

Most commonly:

Other factors that make some pets more susceptible to heatstroke:

Signs of heatstroke

Heatstroke can vary from mild to life-threatening. A high body temperature damages cells and causes a systemic or whole body inflammatory response, damaging vital organs including the liver, kidneys and brain. Symptoms of heatstroke include:

Treatment and prevention

Seek veterinary attention immediately is you suspect heatstroke - early treatment improves chance of survival.

Another danger of placing animals into an ice cold bath is hypothermia. Heatstroke compromises the body’s ability to regulate its temperature, so animals suffering heatstroke that are cooled to a hypothermic state may not be able to re-establish a normal temperature, which can be fatal.

Prevention


Sun protection is important

Sunburn is most common in animals with white fur and pink skin and pets with thin or shorn fur coats, particularly if living outside.

Protecting your pet from nasties

Summer is the ideal time for fleas, ticks and other biting insects, so protect your pets from the pain and irritation of these nasties with the Advantage Family range of products.

Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advantage for Dogs

Advantage is the fastest relief from fleas for dogs and not only kills fleas fast, it acts on multiple flea stages to rid infestations too. Treats
Fleas, Ticks

Travelling with Pets

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Your guide to a safe, happy and relaxing holiday.