Sri Lanka is experiencing a prolonged heatwave and it’s not just people that are suffering heatstroke.Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body’s temperature in a safe range. Animals do not have efficient cooling systems (like humans who sweat) and get overheated easily. A dog with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104º to 106ºF) can recover within an hour if given prompt first aid and veterinary care (normal body temperature is 100-102.5°F). Severe heatstroke (body temperature over 106ºF) can be deadly and immediate veterinary assistance is needed.
Please ensure your pets have 24-hour access to fresh clean water and shade / cool area/fan or AC area with the freedom to move out of the sun/heat. In the afternoons when my own dog is feeling the heat I wet a towel with cold water he lays under that. Community (street) dogs really need our help as well, so we are providing water to dogs in our village and also carrying bowls and water bottles in our car to give to dogs in need.