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Our Vets In Las Vegas Wants You To Know About Pet Dehydration, Heatstroke, and Kidney Failure

Our Vets In Las Vegas Wants You To Know About Pet Dehydration, Heatstroke, and Kidney Failure

It is common for people to associate dehydration as simply meaning thirsty. Although it is true that feeling thirsty is one of the ways the body reminds you to hydrate yourself, dehydration is actually a potentially fatal medical condition that may not have the symptom of thirst. This is especially important to know when it comes to your pet. Pets cannot verbalize the need for water or express the symptoms of heatstroke. So, it is extremely important to be aware of the symptoms of dehydration, heatstroke, and kidney failure. If you do suspect your pet is suffering with any of those conditions, it’s essential that you take him or her to Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, immediately.

Symptoms of Pet Dehydration and Heat Stroke

Dehydration, which is a symptom of heat stroke, causes an imbalance of electrolytes in your pet’s body. This can have a significant and dangerous impact on every organ system in his or her body, including the central nervous system, muscles, respiratory tract, heart, blood pressure, and kidneys. In fact, one of the most unfortunate results of dehydration is kidney failure. Symptoms of pet dehydration and heat stroke to be aware of include:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Elevated heart rate

  • Weakness

  • Excessive urination

  • Panting

  • Loose skin

  • Sunken eyes

  • Weak pulse

  • Collapse

The primary treatment for pet dehydration is to replace the lost fluids, correct abnormal electrolytes, and identify any potential responses, such as kidney failure. Pets that are moderately to severely dehydrated generally need to be hospitalized and given IV fluids. While in the hospital, your pet will be closely monitored to ensure heart rate, blood pressure, and organ function are return to normal. To prevent heat stroke and dehydration from happening, be sure to monitor your pet at all times when he or she is outside, and always have fresh, cold water available for your animal, both indoors and outdoors.

If your pet has any the above symptoms, contact our veterinarians at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, for prompt treatment. For more information about pet dehydration, heatstroke, or kidney failure, call our animal hospital at 702-259-9200.