GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Two animals were sent to the Guilford County Animal shelter for heat stroke care.
Director Marsh Williams said heat stroke and exhaustion cases are all too common during the summer months and are preventable.
This week a stray cat was picked up by Guilford County Animal Control with a temperature of 108.4 degrees.
“It was not able to stand or walk, it was convulsing; we were able to put alcohol on its paws to help cool it down,” Williams said.
An 8-week-old puppy, sent to the shelter for care did not survive.
“Someone took the puppy shopping with them and left the puppy in the car while they were shopping. The puppy’s insides were so hot, it died. We could not do anything to save it,” Williams said.
Veterinarian John Wehe, with Downtown Greensboro Animal Hospital, said even for the animals that do survive, sometimes their organs can have long-term damage from heat.
“It starts reaching temperatures 107-110 degrees they start suffering what we call systemic effects to the bodies,” Dr. Wehe said. “ So their brain there heart and lungs, their GI (gastrointestinal) track and they kidneys all suffer loss of blood flow
Dr. Wehe said never leave an animal in a car without air conditioning and ventilation for any amount of time.
Dr. Wehe also said that long periods of play should be reserved for early mornings and late evenings during extreme weather.
Signs of a heat stroke in animals are extensive panting for dogs, weakness when walking, mobility issues and seizures.