Heatstroke & Dehydration

Signs of Pet Heatstroke and Dehydration

When the weather starts to take a turn for the better, everyone wants to get outside. The fun in the sun is enjoyed by all, even your pets. They may want to run around in the backyard, chase sticks with you in the park, or just lie in a sunbeam for the better part of the day.


But as you load your dog into the car to take them for a long or let your cat out to chase their shadow, you should consider how heatstroke and dehydration can turn a sweet day sour. Thornapple Veterinary Medical Center wants the pet owners of Middleville, MI to have a better idea of what heatstroke is and how you can prevent it. 

Water and Pets 

Like your body, your pet's body desperately needs water to keep up with its everyday functions. Water helps keep their organs healthy, regulates their body temperatures, and gives your pet much-needed energy to enjoy their time in the heat.

When temperatures go through the roof though, your pet will likely show signs of distress by panting. This is a common reaction, one that is not always a cause for concern. However, if your pet cannot get the water they need within a reasonable timeframe, it could turn into a more serious situation. In the most severe scenarios, pet dehydration can lead to organ failure. 

How Does Heatstroke Happen?

There has been a lot of talk in the past few years about leaving dogs in a locked car without an open window. This is because dogs can perish when they have no access to cool air or water. When heat stroke occurs, it is due to your pet being unable to control their own body temperature. If it climbs several degrees above 100, it will likely lead to heatstroke.  

Knowing the Signs 

In addition to panting, you might notice that your pet has lost their appetite or has begun to excessively drool. Vomiting up blood, experiencing mental confusion, and seizures could also indicate serious dehydration. If your pet has a racing heart, sunken eyes, or is staggering around, it is time to act. In addition to notifying your veterinarian, you could also wrap your dog in cool towels to bring their internal temperature down as quickly as possible. 

Call Thornapple Veterinary Medical Center Today!

When you call Thornapple Veterinary Medical Center, we can tell you more about how to treat and prevent heatstroke and dehydration in your pet. Some animals are more prone to this problem and not all owners realize this until it is too late. Contact us today to learn more about how to keep your pet healthy. 

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