During the hot summer months, it is essential to keep a close eye on your pets. If your pets do not have access to water, they can quickly become dehydrated when they are hot. Your pet cannot sweat and can develop heatstroke when it is very hot outside, which is very dangerous. If your pet shows any signs of dehydration or heatstroke, contact our team at Radford Animal Hospital immediately.
Signs of Pet Heatstroke
Pet heatstroke is very serious. It occurs when your pet becomes dangerously overheated, which can happen if it spends too much time in the sun on a hot day. It can also occur if you leave your pet in your home on a hot day with no air conditioning or air circulation. Many pets are rushed to the veterinarian after being in a hot car for too long. If your pet has spent too much time in the heat, you should watch it for signs of heatstroke. These signs include:
- Excessive panting
- Trouble walking
- Vomiting blood
- Mental confusion
- Loss of consciousness
- Red gums
If your pet is showing any signs of heatstroke, call our veterinarian immediately. If the condition is severe, we will need to cool your pet down quickly and safely to prevent permanent medical issues.
Preventing Pet Dehydration and Pet Heatstroke
Because dehydration and heatstroke are very serious, it is essential to know what you can do to prevent these conditions.
- Limit your pet's time outdoors when it is very hot outside.
- When your pet is outside, make sure that it has access to fresh water and shade.
- NEVER leave your pet in a hot car. If it is 80 to 100 degrees outside, the temperature inside the car can reach 130 to 172 degrees. You should never leave your pet in the car, not even for a few minutes.
- Keep the air conditioner running in your home even when you are not there. You can also turn on fans to keep the air circulating throughout your home.
Veterinary Care in Radford, VA
If your pet shows any signs of dehydration or heatstroke, call our veterinarian at Radford Animal Hospital immediately at (540) 639-3891. We will treat your pet quickly and effectively to prevent any permanent damage.