San Bruno Pet Hospital 1111 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: (650) 583-5039
Fax: (650) 763-8620

Hospital Hours
M-F: 7:30a-6p
Sat: 8a-5p
Appointment Hours
M-F 8:30a-5:30p
Sat: 8:30a-4:30p

After Hours Emergency
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Don't Leave Your Dog in the Car
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call San Bruno Pet -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Every year, we see several dogs who die of heat stroke, and happily, we also see several dogs whom we are able to save. But why does this happen when everyone already knows about the dangers of heat stroke? And can this really happen in the Bay Area where we have natural air conditioning from the Ocean and the Bay?

Sometimes, it happens because the dog was playing on hot pavement. Sometimes it happens because the owner just did not think about it. Maybe it was cloudy but then the sun came out? Maybe the car was parked in the shade but the position of the sun changed? Maybe the dog was in a carrier in the car, making the air temperature even warmer? But it does happen. And here are some tips to help you avoid heat stroke.

What does heat stroke look like?
  • Weakness, confusion, collapse.
  • Dry gums, thick saliva
  • Rapid panting if he or she is still conscious.
  • Red gums and tongue that can change to a grey color.
What should you do?
  • Try to put water on your pet, particularly on the abdomen and feet, where the fur is shorter. Use cool water if available.
  • If your dog can swallow, offer cool water.
  • Immediately take your dog to the nearest veterinarian. Rapid treatment is essential.
You might think that these dog owners were callous or negligent. But my experience is that they loved their dogs and took good care of them ... except this one mistake on this one day. Please let this article and the chart below be reminders of the dangers of heat stroke. Thank you.

Dr. Salinger, VMD and Medical Director of San Bruno Pet Hospital