Heat or Sunstroke

Heat or Sunstroke

heatstrokeCertainly Heat or Sun Stroke is a very relevant topic for all of us here in Australia with our 40'C plus days we have been having. If you want to learn how you can help your little mate in these very hot circumstances and find out what you can do to prevent or treat please read on...

Handy tip: - Always keep a bucket or two of water around in hot weather to be used in the treatment of Heat or Sun stroke.

First stage of heat stroke. Symptoms to look for:-

Bunny lying stretched out with his head tilted upward and his ears laid back down along his/her body with obvious panting.

heatstroke2Treatment.

Get the bunny cooled down as quickly as possible. Dunk him in a bucket of water that is sitting ready for such an emergency and hold him there long enough to thoroughly wet his coat including his head. Do not use cold water as this will send your little mate into shock and you will kill him rather than save him. Make sure that you wet his ears thoroughly as your little mate uses his ears to regulate his body temperature. If the day is particularly hot (we have days in excess of 40’C over most of our summer months) the water can be cooled down a bit, but don’t make it cold for the aforementioned reason.

heatstroke1Second stage of heat stroke. Symptoms to look for:-

It will have all the signs of the first stage of heat stroke. Bunny lying stretched out with his head tilted upward and his ears laid back down along his body with obvious panting. Plus your poor little mate will also have wetness around the mouth and nose.

Treatment.

Urgently needs cooling down. Dunk him in a bucket of cool water several times as explained in the treatment for first stage of heat stroke. Also use a fan over him so that the slow evaporation of the water from his coat and skin cools him down more rapidly without risk of sending him into shock.

heatstroke4Third and last stage of heat stroke. Symptoms to look for:-

It will have all the signs of the first and second stages of heat stroke. Bunny lying stretched out with his head tilted upward and his ears laid back down along his body with obvious panting and wetness around the mouth and nose. Plus your poor little mate will have wetness around his neck and down his chest and breathing becomes more rapid as your poor little mate becomes more distressed.

heatstroke5Treatment:-

It is imperative that you immediately take steps to cool him down as explained in the first and second stage treatment of heat stroke. This is your last chance to save your little mate. If you leave the poor little fellow any longer he will start convulsing and when that happens he only has a few minutes to live and will die an agonising death with the heat scrambling his brain.

Trish Ratford

 

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