If you have a pet, you need to be aware of the dangers of pet heatstroke and dehydration. Because Honolulu has a warm and humid climate year-round, it's particularly important for local pet owners to keep an eye on their furry friends for signs of dehydration or overheating. If you believe that your pet may be suffering from heatstroke, bring them to our veterinarian, Dr. Ed Hsu, at The Honolulu Pet Clinic as quickly as you can. Prompt medical treatment could save your pet's life.
Pet Heatstroke and Dehydration: Is My Dog or Cat at Risk?
All pets can become dehydrated and get heatstroke, but some are more susceptible than others. Some factors that may increase your pet's risk include the following:
- Having a short nose. Short-nosed, flat-faced pets, such as boxers and Boston terriers, cannot pant to cool themselves down as effectively as their longer-nosed cousins.
- Being particularly young or elderly.
- Being overweight.
- Having a very thick coat.
Your pet is most likely to become dehydrated or to overheat on hot, humid days. For pet owners in Honolulu, this means that staying vigilant in watching for the signs of pet heatstroke is a year-round task, not just something to worry about during the summer months.
What to Do if Your Pet Has Heatstroke
If you think your pet might have heatstroke, act quickly to cool him down. Take him to a cool place like an air-conditioned building. Run cool water over your pet or apply ice packs to his body. Bring your pet to the nearest animal clinic as soon as you can. The sooner a veterinarian can see your pet, the better your pet's chances of recovery are.
Preventing Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke
The best way to keep your pet from getting dehydrated is to provide them plenty of cool water on a daily basis. Exercising in the heat can cause your pet to lose a lot of water in a short time, so limit outdoor time with your pet to the mornings and evenings, when it's cooler out.
Staying hydrated will help prevent your pet from getting heatstroke. You can also reduce your pet's risk by making sure they have a cool place to lie down when they're outside. Whatever else you do, never leave your pet inside a car.
Our Honolulu Veterinarian Can Provide Life-Saving Care for a Pet with Heatstroke
Pet dehydration and heatstroke are medical emergencies that require quick treatment. If you think your dog or cat may be dehydrated or have heatstroke, bring them to The Honolulu Animal Clinic right away. We recommend that you call us ahead of time at 808-593-9336 to let us know you're coming in.