It’s hot all year round in the Philippines, thanks to the tropical climate we’ve come to both love and hate, at times. While it’s enjoyable to be out under the sun to play or take walks with your pets, our weather makes them more susceptible to heat stroke. With the summer season directly upon us, it’s a concern we need to observe extra carefully.

 

Pay attention to your furry baby and take action if you suspect that he’s suffering from a heat stroke. If affected, pets can suffer from failure of vital organs, and later on, lead to death. If you notice these signs from your dog or cat, beware and be alert.

 

  1. Body temperature of 104-110 degrees Fahrenheit/ 40-44 degrees Celsius
  2. Heavy panting and increased heart rate
  3. Excessive thirst and drooling
  4. Abnormal bleeding
  5. Lack of coordination
  6. Seizures
  7. Vomiting
  8. Diarrhea
  9. Lethargy or unconsciousness

 

These symptoms can occur not only during extra humid days. It can also happen when your pet is over-exercised or is left inside a heat-trapped car for too long. Make sure to not let these things happen!

 

But in the case your canine or feline friend happens to experience heat stroke, the first thing you need to do is to cool them down. Just like you would do with a fever, it’s important to gradually lower the body temperature. Take them inside a cool area, use a fan to help evaporate heat, and put a wet towel underneath your pet. If your dog or cat is conscious, offer some water to them—but make sure it’s not ice cold! Finally, bring them to the vet for immediate treatment.

 

To avoid heat stroke, though, the simple most effective measure is to prevent it from happening! Here are a few things you can do to keep your pet’s temp normal, even during the summer.

 

  1. Make fresh, drinking water always, always, accessible. Replenishing them with cool water regulates body temperature, thus having it nearby is necessary! A product like Petmate Waterer Pet Cafe will maintain a steady supply of drink for your dog or cat.

 

  1. Keep them indoors. Especially on extra hot days! But if you really need to take them out..

 

  1. Put them in shade. If you can, limit your time to early mornings or late evenings if you intend to bring them outdoors. But if you happen to go out with the sun shining high, make sure to have access to shade. And bring water for them to drink!

 

  1. Use protective clothing. Have them wear pet clothing that can fend off the heat. Bonus: They’ll look too cool in summer, too!