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Heatstroke & Dehydration

Seek Veterinary Care for Pet Heatstroke and Dehydration

Dogs, cats, and smaller pets are at risk of heatstroke and dehydration when the temperature becomes too high. It is vital to be on the lookout for possible signs of a problem so that treatment is obtained without delay. If you believe your pet is suffering from heatstroke or dehydration, contact Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton immediately. We can help your animal recuperate from these problems. 

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Signs of Heatstroke and Dehydration in Pets

There are a few signs that indicate your pet is suffering from heatstroke, such as:

  • Breathing faster than usual
  • Having red or pale gums
  • Vomiting blood
  • Collapsing
  • Drooling or salivating excessively
  • Muscles tremoring
  • Staggering
  • Unable to urine
  • Appearing confused

For dehydration, pets can have the following:

  • Gums dry or sticky
  • Thick saliva
  • Dry or sunken eyes
  • No appetite
  • Skin that is elastic

How to Keep Your Pet Cool

When the temperature is expected to be hot, taking precautions to keep your pet comfortable is a must. Make sure you have a spot where your animal can cool off indoors, preferably where air conditioning is present. Keep your pet's water dishes full at all times. When the water becomes warm, switch it out with cooler water. Try your best to keep your companion animal indoors, as direct sunlight can warm his body to an unsafe level. If you must bring your pet outdoors, provide him with a shaded area and keep a water bowl on hand, so he can rehydrate. Avoid encouraging your pet to exercise in conditions where the temperature is excessively hot.

What Our Animal Hospital in Stockton Does to Help

Pet heatstroke and dehydration are medical emergencies that need to be treated immediately. When you bring your pet to our animal hospital, our veterinarian will take appropriate measures to bring your pet’s body temperature down and rehydrate him. Once we have stabilized your animal, our veterinary team will continue to monitor him until he is ready to return home with you. 

Give Us A Call Right Away for Emergency Pet Care

Heatstroke and dehydration are health complications that can lead to severe consequences if they are not managed promptly. If your pet is suffering from any of them, give Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton a call right away. We can provide you information about transporting your pet to our animal hospital. The number to reach us is 209-477-3926.