Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke


Pet heatstroke and dehydration are possibilities that could occur when temperatures soar. Because heat is dangerous for pets, precautions should be taken to protect them against these conditions. If you notice that your companion animals dehydrated or overheated, bring them to our veterinarians at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg. Read on to learn more about pet dehydration and heatstroke so that you know the signs of a problem, how to avoid prevent these medical issues, and what treatment options are available.

Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

How to Tell If Your Pet Is Dehydrated or Suffering From Heatstroke

Unfortunately, pets cannot tell us when they are suffering from dehydration or heatstroke. However, there are a few signs you can look for so that you can seek immediate veterinary care for your companion animals.

Pet dehydration signs include:

    • Energy levels are reduced
    • Lethargy
    • Panting excessively
    • Saliva being thick
    • Gums that are sticky or dry
    • Eyes that are sunken
    • Skin that lost its elasticity
    • Loss of appetite

Pet heatstroke factors include:

    • Rapid heart rate
    • Significant drop of blood pressure
    • Excessive panting
    • Salivating so much
    • Dilated pupils
    • Tremors
    • Collapse
    • Mucous membrane that is pale

Protecting Your Pets against Excessive Temperature Troubles

It is best to avoid going outdoors when the temperature is going to be excessively hot. If you need to walk your dog outside, make it a short walk rather than a long session. Keep plenty of bowls filled with water around your home so that your furry animals always have access to them. Check the bowls often and refill them with fresh, cool water when needed. Keep air conditioners or fans running inside of your home. Never leave your pets alone in a vehicle since the interior of the car can become extremely hot very quickly.

How Our Veterinarians Provide Treatment for These Problems

If your animal is suffering from dehydration or heatstroke, it is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Contact our practice to alert our staff members so that they are prepared for your pet’s arrival. Your dog or cat may need to be hydrated with help from an IV. Our vets will monitor your pet’s internal temperature and may use cool towels or blankets to help reduce it as needed.

If your furry animals need assistance to treat dehydration or heatstroke, contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg for an evaluation of their condition. Call our veterinarians at (204) 452-0911 for more information about these conditions, or to alert us of a potential problem.

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