Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

Discuss Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke with our Veterinarians in Winnipeg, MB

During the hot summer months, pets can get overheated. This is especially true if your pet is outdoors for an extended period on a hot day. To keep your pet from becoming dehydrated or from developing heat stroke during the summer, you need to take the proper precautions. If your pet is sick and has diarrhea or if he is vomiting, he is also at risk of dehydration. Our veterinarians at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre will do our best to address your concerns.

dog panting outsideWhy Is It So Critical To Keep Your Pet Hydrated?

It is crucial that you make sure that your pet is always hydrated. If your pet becomes dehydrated, he could potentially suffer from a variety of complications including:

  • Disorientation and aggression
  • Kidney failure
  • Electrolyte abnormalities
  • Heat stroke
  • Coma
  • Shock

How Does Heat Stroke Occur?

Heat stroke occurs when a pet gets too hot. In most cases, heat stroke is a result of the owner's carelessness. If the owner leaves their pet in a hot car or outdoors on a hot day for too long, the pet will be at great risk. This is why it is so important to pay attention to your pet when it is hot outside. Pets who have thick fur and pets who are suffering from obesity or other medical conditions can develop heat stroke faster than others. Since pets cannot sweat, they become more susceptible to developing heat stroke.

When To Take Your Pet To a Vet Due To Dehydration and Heatstroke

Because dehydration and heat stroke can be very serious in pets, it is essential to call the vet as soon as you suspect that your pet is sick. If your pet has been vomiting or if he has had diarrhea for two days, he is at significant risk of becoming dehydrated. If your pet has been outside in the heat and is displaying symptoms of dehydration and heat stroke, you should call the vet immediately. Your pet will need to be treated right away to prevent serious medical complications.

Signs That Your Pet is Dehydrated

If it is hot outside or if your pet has been ill, it is vital that you are able to recognize the signs of dehydration. If your pet is dehydrated, he may need IV fluids to prevent serious problems. A few signs that your pet is dehydrated include:

  • Tiredness and sluggishness
  • Excessive panting
  • A dry mouth and nose
  • Sunken eyes
  • Disorientation
  • Unexplained aggressiveness

Contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital Centre for More Questions or Concerns

If your pet has been outdoors in the heat for an extended period of time or if he has been sick for two days, you should contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg. Pet dehydration and pet heatstroke are very serious conditions. The sooner your pet is cared for and treated by a veterinarian, the less chance there is of your pet suffering any permanent damage.

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