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What should I do if my pet is affected by heatstroke?

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If your animal is panting heavily, drooling, having trouble breathing, or showing other symptoms of heatstroke, move it to a shady area immediately. Put a cool, wet cloth around its neck and head (not its face). You can also gently hose the animal down with cool water, especially the belly, before transporting it to the vet. Do not cool your pet down too quickly as this can be dangerous.

From: First-Aid Tricks for Pet Emergencies WebMD Medical Reference

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American Veterinary Medical Association: "Pet first aid - basic procedures" and "Household Hazards."

ASPCA: "Emergency Care - What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?;" "Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets;" and "Pet Care: Animal Poison Control."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Being prepared in an emergency.”

Pet Poison Helpline.

Sheldon Rubin, DVM, spokesman, American Veterinary Medical Association; author, . Emergency First Aid for Dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "Pet first aid - basic procedures" and "Household Hazards."

ASPCA: "Emergency Care - What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?;" "Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets;" and "Pet Care: Animal Poison Control."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Being prepared in an emergency.”

Pet Poison Helpline.

Sheldon Rubin, DVM, spokesman, American Veterinary Medical Association; author, . Emergency First Aid for Dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

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