The Signs of a Heat Stroke in an Animal

7/14/13 PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE SHARE!!!! THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE IN AN ANIMAL! Prognosis with heat stroke is guarded to grave! We had 4 cases in less than 8 hours tonight at the emergency veterinary hospital. PLEASE do not leave your pet in this heat or exercise them in this heat. 1 out of 4 is alive tonight and he is not out of the woods yet. This is going to be a hot week and it takes a matter of minutes for an animals temp to reach critical.. Signs of heat stroke include (but are not limited to):
body temperatures of 104-110F degrees
excessive panting
dark or bright red tongue and gums
sticky or dry tongue and gums
staggering
stupor
seizures
bloody diarrhea or vomiting
coma
death
Gina DeLuca, Licensed Veterinary Technician
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