submitted by Julie Thorndyke, D.V.M.. Medical Director, VCA Neshaminy Animal Hospital
As the ”dog” days of summer roll in, know pets can suffer heat stroke quickly, even in 80-degree weather.
Heat stroke is a term for hyperthermia or elevated body temperature. 103 F is considered abnormal, but body temperatures above 106 F (41 C) are critical. Without previous illness, high temperatures are often associated with exposure to excessive environmental heat.
The critical temperature when multiple organs fail and impending death occurs is around 107 to 109 F.