Signs of Pet Heat Stroke and What to Do

While many pet owners don’t think about it, pets suffer from the hot weather just as we do. Humans can sweat to regulate their temperatures, but our pets can’t. This is why it’s important to take care of our pets in the summer and ensure they avoid heat stroke. At West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL, we know pet heatstroke is dangerous for your furry companion. Our team of experts provides tips on how to avoid pet heat stroke. Our veterinarian can also treat your pet if it does suffer from heat stroke.

Pet Heat Stroke Symptoms 

Dogs and cats don't sweat. They release body heat through their mouths and the bottoms of their paws. Excessive panting is just one sign your cat or dog might be having difficulty with the temperature.

Any of the following symptoms are cause for concern:

  • Hoarse breathing
  • Extreme drooling or panting
  • Gums that are an abnormal color, like gray or blue
  • Inability to urinate even after consuming large amounts of water
  • Drinking a lot more than usual, to the point where you're concerned about possible vomiting
  • Imbalance or other signs of dizziness
  • Localized muscle shaking (not typical shaking like you might typically see in small breeds like chihuahuas)
  • Vomiting or dry heaving

What to Do for Pet Heat Stroke

Immediately move your pet to an area with good airflow and without heat. Consider wetting your pet down with lukewarm or room-temperature water, as not to shock the body entirely. If your pet is overheated, the water might feel too cold initially, but you do not want to keep raising the pet's body temperature for any reason.

If wetting your pet down is not an option, turn on a fan in the room to help with air circulation and offer your pet ice cubes to lick or eat. If the pet doesn't consume the ice, consider placing a cool, wet wash cloth on its neck, chest, and stomach.

If you've tried these things and the symptoms are not improving, there's potentially a life-threatening emergency taking place. Do not hesitate to call our qualified vet immediately.

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Our caring, compassionate, and trained veterinarian looks forward to helping your furry friends stay on the right path to pet health and wellness. Call West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL today for an appointment.

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