Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke With The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, NC
The warm temperatures of summer conjure up images of fun in the sun, but the warm temperatures can be dangerous, too. Both people and animals should stay cool and hydrated. The Veterinarian staff at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield wants you to know how hot temperatures can contribute to Pet Dehydration and Pet Heatstroke.
Our pets require the proper amount of water every day to maintain their health and replace fluids they lose through circulation, urination, and digestion. A pet’s body is 80% water. Dehydration occurs when fluid levels fall below what is normal because of reduced intake or increased fluid loss.
Signs Your Pet is Dehydrated
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Elevated heart rate
If your pet seems to be displaying these symptoms and you suspect they are dehydrated, you should take them to a veterinarian immediately.
Hot temperatures can lead to both dehydration and heat stroke. Heat stroke can occur even if temperatures are low, especially if humidity levels are high. You can help your pet avoid heat stroke by:
Never leaving them in a hot car. Even in temperatures as low as 60 degrees a vehicle can become hot enough to kill a pet.
Walking your pet and playing with them in the early morning or evening. Make sure concrete surfaces are not too hot. If they are too hot for you, then they are too hot for your pet.
Your pet may love it outside, but in hot temperatures, they should stay inside with the air-conditioning and have plenty of fresh water available.
Signs of Heatstroke
- Excessive panting
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Bloody Diarrhea
If you think your pet is suffering from a heat stroke, you should begin cooling them down. You can reduce your pet’s temperature by soaking towels in lukewarm water and wrapping your pet in them. Never use cool or cold water – cooling your pet down too quickly can be dangerous. You can also place your pet in front of a fan to help cool them down. Another cooling method is applying rubbing alcohol to the pads of their paws or their stomachs with cotton balls. Once you have begun cooling your pet down, contact your veterinarian.
Contact The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt In Summerfield, NC
If your pet exhibits signs of pet dehydration or pet heatstroke, call the Veterinarian staff at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield at (336) 643-2229 and get help. We are here for you and your pet.