Though the wet season is already underway, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the summer heat will continue to persist.
PAGASA said heat indices between 41°C and 54ºC are considered “dangerous” and could lead to heat exhaustion or worse — heatstroke. Unlike humans, it is harder for animals also affected by the searing heat. They are unable to voice their concern if ever they feel sick.
What you can do is to know the signs of heat stroke among your companion animals before it’s too late.
Heavy panting, excessive drooling, bright red or purple gums and tongue, vomiting and/or diarrhea, lethargy, unsteadiness, seizures and unconsciousness are among the tell-tale signs of heat stroke.
To help regulate your companion animals’s temperature, you must bring them to a cool shaded area, place cold wet towels on their armpits, neck, between their limbs and give them small amounts of cool water, but do not force them to drink.
However, pet owners MUST NOT douse their pets with ice water as it can shock their system.
Massapequa Pet Vet, a New York state-accredited veterinary medical facility, said making pet too cold can increase its risk of shock and hypothermia. On the other hand, if you lower their temperature too quickly, it may cause their blood vessels to hamper blood flow and eventually prevent them to “actually be able to cool down.”
If possible, it is still best to bring your pets to a veterinary clinic or hospital.
“Do not attempt first aid if it will delay treatment. If possible, do first aid treatment on the way to the vet,” veterinarian Dr. Kitsie Torres, told ABS CBN in an interview.