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Preventing Heat Stress and Injury in Pets

Preventing Heat Stress and Injury in Pets

Heat stress and heat toxicity are very real concerns for pets. While dogs may love going on walks and some cats may live for spending time outdoors, just like humans, they are at risk for overheating when the weather is hot.

Preventing Heat Stress and Injury in Pets

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stress 

Your Summerfield veterinarian is here to offer pet tips and advice for avoiding heat stress and the more serious condition of heat stroke. Some of the top signs of pet heat stress or heat exhaustion include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Thick, ropy salivation
  • Redness of the eyes, tongue, gums and sometimes the skin
  • Fainting/collapse

If your pet starts demonstrating one or more of these signs, cool them down immediately. Bring them into an air-conditioned setting and wet them down with cool water. If heat stress and heat exhaustion progress, these uncomfortable conditions can become the more serious condition of heat stroke.

With heat stroke, the blood vessels dilate and the body can go into shock. Untreated, heat stroke can cause organ failure or at the very least tremendous trauma to the heart, kidneys, liver, bone marrow, muscles, brain and gastrointestinal tract.

Pet Tips for Preventing Heat Stress

To help your pet avoid heat stroke, use the following pet tips:

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a hot car
  • Always provide them with plenty of water so that they stay hydrated
  • Don’t take them on long walks or allow them to exercise too strenuously in hot weather
  • Provide them with a small pool or hose them down regularly when they are playing outdoors in hot weather

Summerfield veterinarian Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt can assist you if your pet suffers a case of heat stroke. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and you should take afflicted pets into an animal hospital for treatment right away.

Get In Touch With Our Local Veterinarian Today

Summerfield veterinarian Joseph L. Jernigan is experienced in assisting pets to overcome medical challenges like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Our goal is to have your pet feeling good and enjoying life again as soon as possible. Contact Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt with all your pet health care concerns.


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