High temperatures and sunny days can cause pet dehydration and heatstroke. Pets are more prone to these conditions than humans so identifying the symptoms of these conditions is crucial so you can take the necessary steps.
At Power Road Animal Hospital in Mesa, we know how frightening it can be when you realize your pet is suffering from dehydration or heatstroke. We offer treatment for these conditions and can give you tips on preventing them from happening in the future.
Dehydration in Pets
Pet dehydration occurs when a pet does not have enough water in its body. Some of the symptoms of dehydration in pets include:
- Sunken eyes
- Sticky or dry gums
- Excessive panting
- Skin inelasticity
- Racing heart
Always be on the lookout for these signs, especially if your pet is outside for an extended period of time when it is hot.
To prevent dehydration, always have plenty of clean, fresh water available. If you suspect your pet is dehydrated, take him/her to a cool area and provide lots of fluids. Take your pet to the veterinarian if severely dehydrated.
Heatstroke in Pets
Pet heatstroke is a very dangerous condition which occurs when a pet is unable to control its body temperature through panting. Symptoms of heatstroke include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting blood
If your pet suffers from heatstroke, don’t panic! Move him/her to a shady place or in front of a fan to cool down. You can also hose water over your pet. Take your pet to the veterinarian for examination and treatment. Prolonged heat stroke can cause organ damage so blood testing may be recommended.
To prevent heatstroke, never leave your pet alone in the car. Exercise early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperature is not very high. Also, ensure your pet drinks plenty of water every day.
Contact Power Road Animal Hospital in Mesa, AZ if you believe your pet is suffering from dehydration or heatstroke. Even after you provide first aid, we advise you to take your pet to the vet without delay so that your dog or cat can get the right treatment. This reduces the possibility of developing complications. Call us today at (480) 641-4141 for more details about our veterinary services.