Cooling Your Animal From Inside Out
Indicators of Heat Stress or Heat Stroke
- Anxious or stressed behavior
- Heavy panting or drooling
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Elevated heart rate
- Red or purple gums and/or tongue
- Stumbling or collapsing
- Open mouth breathing for cats.
Suggestions for Avoiding Overheating and Heat Stroke:
Dogs & Cat
- Only let them outside or walk in the cool of the early morning and late evening
- Check the heat level of the pavement before walking
- Use a water spray to keep them cool
- Do not shave their coat, their hair serves as protection and insulation
- Walk in the shade
- Cool drinking water available at all times
- Ensure good ventilation if over heated
- Use cool running water (not ice) and a fan for ventilation if heat stress or heat stroke presents go to your vet immediately.
- Open air shade with good ventilation
- Cooled indoor stalls/boxes
- Fresh drinking water available at all times
- Exercise only in the early morning or late evening
- Provide shelter from sun during turnout
- If overheating or heat stroke presents, use cool running water, fans in a well-ventilated area while contacting your veterinarian.
Cooling from Inside Out Acupressure
During the summer, animals can become overheated even with all the precautions you take. The build up of internal heat can lead to a more threatening condition. There are specific acupoints that are known to help with expelling internal heat. Gall Bladder 34 (GB 34) and Large Intestine 11 (LI 11) that are used to release internal and help balance the organs.
There is one more acupoint that is commonly used to remove heat. Governing Vessel 14 (GV 14), at the base of the animal’s neck. Lightly scratch that point to enhance the release of internal heat.
Keep your animals safe during these extreme temperatures. We want you and your companion animals to enjoy the summer.
Located on the dorsal midline in the depression in front of the dorsal spinous process of the 1st thoracic vertebrae.