What Happens?

  • Pets overheat due to exposure to extreme temperatures
  • Possible history of being left in car or playing outside during the middle of the day in summer
  • Short-faced dogs (Bulldogs, Pugs, etc) are more susceptible; Cats more resistant
  • Can lead to brain damage, shock, and death if not treated promptly


What Does It Look Like?

  • Rectal Temperature > 105F
  • Lethargic/Weak
  • Excessive Panting/Salivating
  • Stumbling/Falling Down
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Collapse


What Do You Do?

  • Get the pet out of the sun/heat and inside (at least in the shade)
  • Cover neck/head with cool, wet towel (without covering eyes/nose/mouth)
  • Use cool water over the trunk of the body
  • Spray paw pads with 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Check rectal temperature every 2-3 minutes and discontinue cooling methods when temp is <103F
  • DO NOT cool too quickly.  No ice or ice baths.
  • Seek veterinary care ASAP - this is a true emergency