Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats: Prevent Your Pet from Overheating with Tips from our Honolulu Veterinarian
The long-awaited summer months are here and many people plan to spend the better amount of summer laid out on the beach, soaking in the summer sun. While that might be a good idea for you, the summer heat can be fatal to your pet. Dogs and cats do not have sweat glands on their body to regulate their body temperature. Dogs will regulate their temperatures by panting and only have sweat glands on the bottom of their paws. The Honolulu Pet Clinic offers guidance on how to prevent your pet from overheating this summer.
Signs of Heat Stress
Heat stress refers to a situation where your pet’s body absorbs too much heat. This can cause internal organs to stop functioning. However, if you are able to identify the symptoms of heat stress before they progress, you can control the situation. Symptoms of heat stress include:
- Excessive Panting
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing distress
- Very red or pale gums
- Vomiting or diarrhea which could have blood
- Muscle tremors
- Mental confusion and delirium
Tips To Prevent Heat Stress
Below are some pet tips on how to prevent your pet from overheating this summer:
- Even though your pet loves taking long walks, ensure that they are not walking prolonged on surfaces that get hot, like asphalt or cement. These surfaces absorb heat which can burn the sensitive paws of your paws.
- If you have to take your dog for a walk, ensure that it is in the early morning or late afternoon.
- Consider giving your dog a summer haircut to help it regulate it’s temperature better during the hotter months.
- Ensure that your pet has access to fresh water at all times.
- Finally, never leave your dog in a parked car.
Call The Honolulu Pet Clinic
If your pet is experiencing heat stroke, bring them in to see our Honolulu veterinarian immediately. We can administer urgent pet care and help regulate your pet’s body temperature to prevent heat stroke from being fatal. Contact The Honolulu Pet Clinic today at (808) 593 – 9336.