First Aid

Pet First Aid – by Australia’s travelling vet

I think my dog has heat stress

Signs to look for:

  • Excessive panting
  • Agitation
  • Weakness or uncoordination
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Bright red gums

What to do:

  • Encourage your pet to sit quietly and be calm.
  • Use the thermometer to check your pet’s temperature, if it is above the normal range for their species then cooling and veterinary attention is required.

  • If cooling is required, see details in our Pet First Aid Kit Quick Reference Guide.
  • If your pet is unconscious, distressed, having trouble breathing or their temperature is not dropping within 5 minutes of starting cooling actions, seek veterinary advice immediately.

In this video, Dr. Tania will teach you how to make and give an electrolyte supplement to your dog with your Vet in a Van – Navigator Pet First Aid Kit. Knowing some basic pet first aid is essential for all pet owners. Giving your dog extra oral fluids and electrolytes can help them recover from mild dehydration caused by problems such as vomiting, diarrhea or heat stress.

All items used in this procedure can be found in the Vet in a Van – Navigator Pet First Aid Kit

For more information on preventing Heat Stress in different pets, see our blog article: How Hot Is Too Hot?

* These instructions provide generalised information. The content does not replace individual veterinary advice specific to your pet. Professional veterinary advice should always be sought for any animal health issue.

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