The 3 Stages of Heat Sickness in Pets

Pets with heat sickness that goes untreated are likely to have permanent damage to their organs, cognitive functions, and other faculties. And that’s if they are even lucky enough to survive the ordeal. Your pet’s chances of survival are dramatically increased by your ability to properly identify their heat related illness. There are three progressive stages of heat illness that you should be aware of.

Heat Stress

Heat stress is the first and easiest stage of heat illness to treat. This stage is essentially the warning period that the body gives mammals in order to let them know that they need to cool down right now.
Symptoms in pets can include the following- mild panting, seeming disinterest in activity or laziness, a lack of interest in eating food, seeking out shade, etc… If you can identify your pet’s symptoms at this early stage of heat sickness their chances of making a full recovery are far greater

Heat Exhaustion

The second stage of heat sickness; known as heat exhaustion; is considerably more serious than heat stress. Once your pet has reached this stage, they are most likely sustaining active damage to organs and brain functionality. Your pet may display any of the following symptoms in addition to those mentioned above- heavy panting, a lack of focus or understanding, darkened gums or tongue, wide eyes, whining, etc…

Heat Stroke

The final and often deadly stage of heat sickness is of course heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke include but are not limited to- thick or ropey saliva, aggressive or confused behavior, lack of consciousness or awareness, inability to move or drink water on their own, etc… Tragically, many animals do not recover from this stage of heat sickness.
Our Goal is to Help
We want to not only increase awareness of the dangers of heat stroke, but to also help people with a more direct approach. That’s why we have designed the Vesta device. This accessory fits in any vehicle, is solar powered, and has the potential to save lives.
Heat stroke takes the lives of dozens of animals left in unattended vehicles every year. We want to change that. We’re helping people everywhere with our innovative new product that is designed to detect passengers in danger of overheating.

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September 24, 2016