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Preventing Cat & Dog Heat Stroke

Tips to Prevent Your Pet from Overheating From our Loves Park Veterinarians

The warmer spring and summer weather encourages many people and their pets to start enjoying outdoor activities. The challenge is making sure your pets stay healthy and hydrated while out in the sun. Our Loves Park Animal Hospital veterinarians have some tips to keep your pet from overheating in the summer weather.

Signs of Overheating in Your Pet

The signs that a pet is overheating include:

  • Collapsing
  • Panting
  • Vomiting
  • Redness in the mouth, eyes, and ears
  • Weakness
  • Extra salivation, which may look thick and unusual for your pet

If you notice signs of overheating in your pet, then you should take immediate steps to try to cool down your pet. Use a garden hose to hose down your pet. The water will help bring down your pet's body temperature and prevent complications with his or her health. Bring your pet indoors, where it is cooler. Make sure their skin and fur are covered in cool water and they have water available. Contact our veterinarian immediately for further treatment.

Tips to Prevent a Pet Heat Stroke

Start with limiting exercise routines on the warmest days. If you plan to walk your dog or take your pet out for a run, then wait until evening or opt for early morning routines. 

Take breaks during an exercise routine and carry wet towels to help cool down your pet. You also want to offer your pet plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Never leave your pet unattended in a car. Temperatures rise rapidly in cars, even after just a few minutes of sitting in the sun.

Contact our Loves Park Veterinarian for Pet Heat Stroke Treatment

Visit Animal Hospital of Loves Park if your pet shows signs of overheating. Hot weather is a challenge for many pet owners. To learn more about preventing heat stroke, call our veterinarians in Loves Park today at 815-986-4445.

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