Heatstroke in Dogs & Cats: Prevent Your Pet from Overheating
Heatstroke is a serious concern in the warm weather for both cats and dogs. It is imperative to prevent your pet from overheating. By following a few pet tips carefully, you can be sure that your pets get to enjoy the warm weather and stay healthy. Our team at Danforth Animal Hospital has served the pet communities of Edmond, Guthrie, and Oklahoma City for 40 years. We believe in treating your pets like the valued family members they are.
In warm weather, hydration is an important factor to keep in mind. Your pet needs to have a continual supply of fresh water to drink. Have a bowl that is not easily tipped over and, especially if you are not around all day and your pet is outdoors, one that will replenish itself. Your pet counts on you for everything and making sure it has water is vital.
Exercise is important for pets, no matter what the weather. Dogs are in more danger when it comes to exercise since they are often taken for walks or to the dog park for exercise. In the extreme heat of summer, it is better to avoid excess activity at midday. Early mornings or evenings are cooler, and be sure you have access to water on your route. Keep in mind that the pavement may be hot and it can burn your pet’s paw pads.
Vehicles are death traps for pets in hot weather. Even if the temperature is only in the 70s outside, the temperature in your vehicle can rise at an alarming rate and many pets die from heatstroke in a closed vehicle. Cracking the window does not provide enough protection to save your pet. Contact one of our veterinarians immediately if you suspect your pet is overheated.
- Never leave your pet unattended in a car, even with the windows cracked.
- Provide your pet with a shady spot to rest.
- Avoid walking your pet during the hottest part of the day.
- Watch for signs of heatstroke, such as excessive panting, drooling, and vomiting.
- If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke, cool them down immediately by immersing them in cool water or placing cool compresses on their body.
By following these tips, you can help keep your pets safe and healthy in the warm weather.