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If you're a pet owner, be extra vigilant this summer season about protecting your animal against heatstroke. The most important things you can do is learn the signs and symptoms of this potentially fatal condition, ways to prevent it, and what to do if you believe your pet is overheating.
Heatstroke is a severe case of hyperthermia (increased body temperature). This sudden and extreme rise in body temperature can happen in your pet if it is unable to cool itself. Kittens, puppies, and senior animals are at an increased risk for heatstroke. Cats and dogs with chronic health problems are also at an increased risk.
Pets suffering from heatstroke will typically exhibit the following signs or symptoms:
In severe cases, heatstroke can lead to seizures, coma, organ failure, and/or death. It should be considered a medical emergency and treated as such. Remember, too, that if it is hot enough outside for your pet to suffer from heatstroke, it is also hot enough for your pet to burn its paws on the hot sidewalk or asphalt!
If your pet exhibits any of the above signs or symptoms, then call a veterinarian in North Austin right away. At Dessau Vet Clinic, our staff is standing by and ready to help you in any pet emergency.
In addition to giving us a call, be sure to remove your pet from the heat and find a cool place for her to rest. You can give her cool (not cold) water, and consider placing a cool damp blanket or towel on top of her. Based on how your animal responds to your basic first aid, our staff will be able to tell you if you should bring your animal in for treatment or not.
Preventing heatstroke is much easier than treating it. Here are 5 ways you can keep your cat or dog safe no matter how high the temperature outside rises:
Do you want to learn more about heatstroke in pets or are interested in our other veterinary services? Call Dessau Vet Clinic now at (512) 339-3177 to speak with one of our friendly staff members!