In the dog days of summer, your pet may become dehydrated or have a pet heatstroke if it is not monitored closely while playing outside. This is more common in dogs than cats and more likely to be a puppy or an older dog that just won't stop playing fetch, even though they need a rest. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, we can treat your pet quickly and efficiently if it is overheated or has heatstroke.
Is it Dehydration or Heatstroke?
If your pet is playing outside, you need to make certain that it stops to cool down and drink water to avoid dehydration. If your pet is dehydrated, the condition can get worse in the form of heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Heat exhaustion occurs when a pet's body temperature is over 103 degrees and heatstroke is associated with a pet's temperature at 106 degrees or higher. Overheating can be extreme and lead to your four-legged friend's organs and heart shutting down, which can cause death.
What are the Symptoms of Dehydration and Heatstroke in Pets?
Your pets don't sweat as humans do, but instead, they pant to keep themselves cool in the warm and hot weather. Panting is not adequate to cool their body and keep the body temperature regulated and this is what results in heat complications in pets. Some symptoms of an overheated pet or pet heatstroke to watch for include diarrhea, vomiting and excessive panting. They may have thick saliva and be drooling instead of panting like normal. Your pet may be dizzy and wobble when walking and this can be accompanied by an irregular or rapid heartbeat. You may notice tremors with shaking limbs or seizures. Your pet may also urinate very little or not at all when trying to relive itself and in the worst cases, your pet will be unconscious and have bloodshot eyes. These are all very serious signs that tell you to take your pet indoors and get them hydrated with lots of cool fresh water while calling your veterinarian simultaneously.
How to Prevent Dehydration and Heatstroke in Pets
Whether you and your pet are traveling together or just outside, there are several items to keep in mind. Always carry water with you on a trip and at home provide your pet with cool water in a shady spot, so your pet can cool down in the summer heat. It's best to avoid peak hours in summer outside all together if possible. If you have a high energy pet, try swimming instead of hiking, running or biking in the summer. Remember never to leave your pet in a vehicle without ventilation, because a 70-degree day can turn your car into an oven very quickly.
Seek Emergency Care for Heat Conditions
You should seek emergency care immediately if your pet is overheated. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, our veterinarian team can help your overheated pet immediately and tend to them by administering fluids to get them back in shape quickly. We have a compassionate team that loves your pets as much as you do and we are here to help in any type of pet emergency.