Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke
Dehydration and heatstroke are serious health issues that can affect your pet. To keep your pet safe from the hot and sunny days, make sure you have a shaded part of your yard for your pet and provide access to water at all times. Dehydration and heatstroke can pose a threat to any dog or cat so our veterinarians at White Rock Animal Hospital in Lakewood have put together some information to keep your furry friend comfortable and safe.
Your Pet May Need To Be Seen By A Veterinarian
If your pet is unresponsive, he or she needs emergency veterinary care. A veterinarian will immediately assess your dog's condition and will likely use intravenous or non-intravenous methods to aid with rehydrating your pet.
If your pet is responsive but is also excessively panting and appears to be tired, you should place your pet in a cool, dark room and to provide them with plenty of water. You may not need to bring the animal in to see the veterinarian if you notice a significant improvement in your pet’s condition.
Pet Dehydration And Heatstroke Can Be Prevented
Pets should never be left alone outside during the summer, especially on days that are hot and muggy. During the occasions when your pet is spending time in a fenced-in area, make sure that he or she has an adequate area to seek shelter. A doghouse with a sturdy rooftop should be placed underneath trees that contain plenty of branches. This will aid in blocking the direct sunlight. Refill your dog's water bowl regularly and bring your pet indoors after playing with your dog. No matter what the temperature is, never keep your pet in a locked car alone. Our veterinarian can provide additional tips at your next wellness visit that will aid in the prevention of dehydration or heatstroke.
Keep Your Pets Safe in the Sun
If you are not going to be home for a couple of days and have someone look after your pet, provide that person with a list of requirements that will keep your dog safe. Even with precautions, sometimes medical emergencies are unavoidable and heatstroke is definitely an emergency. If you live in or around Lochwood, Lake Highland, Lakewood, and your pet experiences a heatstroke, bring him or her into see our veterinarians right away. For more information or to schedule a visit, call us today at (214) 328-3255.