Pet Dehydration And Heatstroke

Glen Allen-based Veterinarian Addresses Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

If you own a cat or dog, dealing with Pet Heatstroke in the warmth of the summertime is a true concern. Most people will bring their pet to our Glen Allen Veterinarian at Short Pump Animal Hospital if signs of a problem are present. Here are some tips to help to keep your furry friend comfortable this summer.

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Why It Is Important To Keep Your Pet Hydrated

When temperatures soar, a pet will require additional moisture to keep their body cool. Since dogs and cats do not sweat, they rely on panting to try to reduce their body temperature. Panting for long durations of time can lead to a pet becoming extremely tired. This condition leads to exhaustion as the body becomes overworked. This, in turn, could lead to the breakdown of organs in the body. Heat exhaustion requires intervention from a veterinarian.

Take Steps to Keep a Pet Cool

Pets require plenty of hydration when temperatures soar. Make sure to keep out water bowls and change the liquid inside of them frequently so it does not become too warm. Keep the air conditioning inside of the home at a cool temperature and avoid bringing your pet outdoors if excessive heat is expected. Refrain from bringing your pet anywhere in a vehicle if temperatures are expected to be extremely high as well. Avoid submerging your pet into cool water as this can cause its body to go into shock. Instead, use a garden hose to cool the pet if necessary.

Know the Signs of Pet Dehydration

Pet Dehydration occurs when a pet does not have enough moisture to keep their body temperature at the desired temperature level. A pet suffering from dehydration will appear lethargic, have difficulty walking due to dizziness, pant excessively, or vomit and have diarrhea. Keeping a lookout for these symptoms will help you to stay on top of your pet's health so appropriate steps are taken if they seem to be suffering from heatstroke.

See Our Glen Allen Veterinarian for Help

When symptoms of heatstroke are present, seeing our Veterinarian in the Glen Allen area is best. We will do an evaluation of your pet and take the necessary steps to get their body temperature back to a safe level. Contact Short Pump Animal Hospital at (804) 360-0100 today to make an appointment today. We are available to handle emergencies when warm weather strikes as well as routine appointments for your animal's overall well-being.

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