Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke


During the hot summer months of the year, it is of the utmost importance to protect your cat or dog against the possibility of pet dehydration. When a pet becomes dehydrated, Pet Heatstroke can occur. This is a serious condition that requires medical attention immediately. If your pet seems to be having difficulty with hot temperatures, contact Greenfield Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield to make an appointment with our veterinarian for an assessment. Here is some pertinent information about the signs of heatstroke, how to protect your pet, and what our vet can do to help.

How to Protect Your Pet When Hot Temperatures Are Present

The Symptoms Associated With Heatstroke

When a dog or cat is suffering from heatstroke, there are some signs that you may notice which indicate you need to bring your pet to our vet for treatment right away. Your pet may pant frequently in an attempt to cool the body down. This will work somewhat for dogs, but it does not help for cats. Your pet will likely act lethargic or suffer from dizziness when it tries to walk around. They may search for a water source and may retreat to a shaded area to try to cool off.

How to Protect Your Pet When Hot Temperatures Are Present

Do not bring your pet outdoors if the temperature is too hot. Instead, allow it to remain in the cool confines of your home where direct sunlight is not a threat. Make sure your pet has plenty of water sources available. Place several bowls around your home and replace warm water with cooler water when necessary. Do not encourage your dog or cat to exercise when the temperature is of an extreme level. Use air conditioning or fans in your home to keep your pet cool as well. If you must leave your home with your pet, be sure to pack cool water so there is always an available source to quench your pet's thirst.

What Our Veterinarian Will Do If Your Pet Is Dehydrated

Our veterinarian will assess your pet's medical condition upon its arrival to our facility. Give us a call beforehand so our staff members are ready for your pet promptly. Our practitioner may recommend that an IV be used to replace depleted moisture in the body right away. Your pet may need to be cooled with water as well. Your dog or cat will be monitored and their internal temperature will be checked frequently to ensure it reduces. 

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Contact Greenfield Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield at the first signs of pet dehydration or pet heatstroke so treatment can be administered without delay. Call our practice at (414) 282-5230 to alert our veterinarian about the potential medical emergency your pet is having.

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