Preventing Your Beloved Animal From Overheating
Summer is right around the corner, and with fun in the sun, comes the threat of heatstroke, not just in humans but in pets, too. Soaking up some sun at the beach or even in your backyard may seem like a great idea for you, but it can be very detrimental to your dog or cat. Your canine or feline best friend cannot cool down the same way as humans. Dogs regulate their temperature by panting and only have sweat glands on the bottoms of their paws, while cats have sweat glands only in their paws, lips, chin, and on the skin that surrounds their anus area.
If your dog or cat absorbs too much heat at one time, he can suffer from heatstroke, which can cause his internal organs to stop functioning. You can control the situation and protect your pet better if you understand the signs and symptoms of heat stress.
Signs and Symptoms of Heatstroke in Dogs and Cats
If your animal is experiencing the following symptoms or signs, be sure to contact the veterinarians at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, for immediate care.
- Very red or pale gums
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive Panting
- Muscle tremors
- Breathing distress
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Mental confusion or delirium
How to Prevent Heatstroke in Dogs and Cats
You and your pet may enjoy taking long walks, but in very hot weather, you need to ensure he is not walking on hot surfaces, such as cement or blacktop, for an extended period of time. These types of surfaces absorb the sunshine and lock heat in, which means they can burn your pet’s paws.
When hot weather is forecasted, you should plan ahead and take your dog on a walk very early in the morning or late in the evening.
If your dog has long hair, giving him a summer haircut may be in order to help regulate body temperature.
Make sure your dog or cat has plenty of fresh, cool water at all times.
Never leave your cat or dog in a parked vehicle. The temperature can rise very quickly in a car, truck, or SUV to a number much higher than it is outside.
If it is time for your cat or dog to have a check-up or you suspect he is suffering from heatstroke, bring him to the experienced and knowledgeable staff at the Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, as soon as possible. Our trusted veterinarians at our animal clinic will be able to assist your pet with all his medical needs. Call us at 702-259-9200 if you have questions about heatstroke.