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Heatstroke

I think my pet has heatstroke – what should I do?

Heatstroke is a true emergency and requires immediate veterinary attention. It occurs when a pet loses the ability to cool down, usually in very hot weather. Unless the pet is cooled down quickly, the persistently high body temperature can cause organ damage and lead to death.

If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, cover him or her in a cool wet towel and bring them to the vet immediately.