Vet clinics see heat stroke and deaths among BC pets during soaring temperatures.“We’re seeing a significant increase in patients who are suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” she said, and added while it’s not entirely uncommon in the summer months, it usually happens when animals are playing outside and get too hot, or in cases when pets are left in cars. “The patients that we’re seeing are just in their yards, in their homes, and unable to cope with this exceptional heat level.”
What to do:- Bush-McLean recommended cooling methods using towels wet with tepid water, rather than ice-cold, to drape over a pet and then be replaced frequently. She said a kiddie pool can also help for dogs, or a wet towel kept in the fridge or freezer to apply when needed. She also suggested taking pets to a cooler place that’s air-conditioned, if possible.- Using water to wet a pet’s fur, as the evaporation will help with cooling.- People can also fill bottles with cool water or ice for animals to access, or use a cooling mat.