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Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats: Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Summer Pet Tips From Our Stockton Veterinarian

At Venetian Pet Hospital, our Stockton veterinarian is committed to your pet's health and wellness all year-round. This time of year, we tend to see an increase in instances of heat stroke and heat exhaustion in pets. With this in mind, we thought now would be a good time to provide some summer pet tips for identifying and preventing heat stroke in dogs and cats.

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Knowing the Signs of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

All pet owners have a responsibility to be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in pets. Some of the more common symptoms to watch out for include:

  • excessive panting and/or salivating
  • overall weakness or fatigue
  • bright red gums or tongue
  • diarrhea and/or vomiting

If your pet shows any of these signs after being exposed to the heat, bring your pet inside as soon as possible and provide him or her with access to fresh water. If your pet's condition does not begin to improve quickly or if your pet collapses, it's time to seek emergency veterinary care as soon as possible. If left untreated, heat stroke in pets can be fatal, as it can lead to organ failure.

The good news is that protecting your pet from heat stroke and heat exhaustion is easy. On warmer days, make sure your pet has plenty of access to fresh water and shade while outdoors. Also be sure to provide your pet with opportunities to come inside when temperatures begin to climb. 

Never leave a pet inside a car unattended, even for a few minutes. Even if temperatures outside aren't too hot, it doesn't take long for temperatures inside a car to climb to dangerous levels.

When to See Our Stockton Veterinarian

If your pet shows any signs of heat exhaustion, please see our Stockton veterinarian as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment. You can reach Venetian Pet Hospital to find out more about our many services offered by calling (209) 477-3926.