Heat distress and Stroke are an all too common occurrence here in Arkansas. When the combination of the temperature and humidity exceeds a value of 150 (which it often does in the Arkansas summers) pets are at risk. Because pets don't exchange heat the same way humans do through sweating and because they are always in a fur coat, heat distress and dehydration can develop rapidly. Those breeds with shorter faces tend to be at the highest risk because panting is not as efficient for them.
Pet's whose temperatures rise above 105 are at risk for a cascade of metabolic events which can culminate in death. Temperature rise causes tissue damage in all the major organ systems which can cause developing multi organ failure. Additionally, a blood clotting dysfunction develops which can result in uncontrolled bleeding inside the body.
If your pet experiences a heat stress event, start by cooling them down quickly with water especially about the head, neck and feet, while in route to our office or the emergency room for an after hour event.