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PROTECT PETS: Gatton vet Sam Price warns owners to protect their animals from heatstroke.
PROTECT PETS: Gatton vet Sam Price warns owners to protect their animals from heatstroke. Sarah Fleming

A GATTON vet has warned pet owners to guard their pets against heatstroke as the high temperatures hitting south-east Queensland are set to continue.

Gatton Veterinary Surgery's Sam Price said things to look out for were panting, hypersalivation and red gums, which could lead to respiratory distress or the animal collapsing.

"There are no two ways about it - if this condition is left, it could result in seizures, coma, then death," he said.

"In these cases, the animal will need hospital admission and the sooner the owner reacts, the better, because they can go into organ failure.

"It is mainly dogs that are affected by this. Cats are better at regulating their temperature.

"If an owner suspects heatstroke, they need to come to the vet because the animal will need assessment and fluid therapy.

"If you do have a case of suspected heatstroke, wet the dog thoroughly with cold water and turn the air-conditioner on in the car on the way with wet towels in the car as well.

"It's very important to note ... do not use ice.

"The hope is that with intravenous support, the temperature will stabilise and they will be okay but there area a lot of factors that determine the success."

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