Heat Stroke & Dehydration
When warmer weather arrives, the need to protect pets from the possibility of pet heatstroke becomes a concern. If your pet is showing signs of pet dehydration, contact Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, to meet with our veterinarian for treatment. Read over the following information about heatstroke in pets and learn how to protect your dog or cat from this condition.
What Happens to a Pet with Heatstroke
If a pet is subjected to hot temperatures, their body will show signs of difficulty if they become dehydrated or overheated. If your cat or dog is suffering from pet dehydration, they will likely act lethargic as their body becomes weakened due to the lack of moisture within. You may notice that your dog or cat is panting when temperatures rise. Some pets will have difficulty walking if muscle atrophy settles into the body. Hot temperatures could cause a pet to become dizzy or unresponsive over time. Because of this, taking precautions to keep your pet protected during hot spells is a must.
How to Protect Your Pet When Hot Weather Is Expected
It is best to monitor your local weather forecast so you are aware of when the temperature is unsafe for your pet. During hot spells, keep your pet inside as much as possible. Be sure to have air conditioning or fans running to cool the inside temperature. Keep plenty of water on hand and fill your pet's water bowl frequently as they will be likely to drink more often than usual when the temperature is extremely warm. If you must go outdoors, bring a bowl and water for your pet so that they have a readily accessible drinking source. Keep your pet in a shaded area and refrain from encouraging them to exercise at this time.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help a Pet Suffering From Dehydration
If your pet seems to be showing signs of difficulty because of the heat, bringing them to see our veterinarian immediately is best. Our vet will assess your pet's condition and determine whether their symptoms are indeed because of dehydration or heatstroke. If necessary, your pet will receive intravenous fluids to rehydrate their body. Our vet will cool your pet's body temperature and monitor their health for any signs of difficulty that requires treatment. Medication may be necessary in more severe cases.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
You can contact Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville TN if your dog or cat is suffering from pet heatstroke, or if you believe they are having a medical emergency of any type. Our practice is available to handle walk-in emergencies in addition to scheduled appointments. Call our practice at (865) 694-8387 to make an appointment for veterinary care or to ask us questions.