Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats: Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Dessau Veterinary Clinic Discusses Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats and How to Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Taking time to protect your dog or cat against potential heat stroke is extremely important when temperatures rise. If heat stroke is suspected, bringing your pet to Dessau Veterinary Clinic in Austin, TX to see our veterinarian is best. In addition to a visit to our facility, try the following pet tips to keep your pet safe when extreme temperatures are present.

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Signs Of Heat Stress

When temperatures are excessive, it is important to watch your pet for signs they are struggling with the heat. A pet will pant to try to cool themselves down if the temperature becomes too high. This is helpful for dogs, but for cats panting will wear out the animal rather than cool down the body. A pet may have difficulty walking if they feel dizzy, they may vomit due to nausea, and they may seem extremely lethargic. A pet that is non-responsive requires emergency intervention by a veterinarian.

Tips To Prevent Heat Stroke

There are several steps that will help to keep your pet safe if the temperature rises. It is best to keep your pet inside of an air-conditioned building if outdoor temperatures are dangerous. If this is not possible, make sure to circulate air inside of your home with a fan. Provide your pet with plenty of water at all times. Avoid activities where your pet is required to exercise. If your pet will be outdoors, provided them with a shaded area so they can get out of the sun.

Why Seeing Veterinarian Is Important

At the first signs of heat stroke, a trip to a veterinarian is best. You can attempt to cool your dog or cat by sprinkling it with a garden hose. Do not place your pet in a bucket full of cool water because this can put their body into shock. A veterinarian will do a complete assessment of your pet's health and take the proper steps necessary to cool their body temperature safely.

Contact Our Dessau Veterinary Clinic in Austin, TX Today!

When there is a need to see a veterinarian for heat stroke, or if you want additional pet tips, calling our veterinarian is an option. Contact Dessau Veterinary Clinic at (512) 339-3177 to make an appointment at our Austin, TX facility.


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