Summer Pet Wellness: The Dangers of Heatstroke
Summer is a time when many pets suffer from heat-related illnesses after being left in the yard or trapped in a closed up car. At Greenfield Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield, WI, we work hard to educate pet owners in the community about the dangers of heatstroke and how to prevent occurrences of heatstroke in pets. Knowing the symptoms and causes of heatstroke can help you keep your pet safe during the long, hot days of summer.
Common Symptoms of a Heatstroke
Pets that suffer from heatstroke will display symptoms of their illness. The following are common signs of heatstroke in pets.
- Pale colored gums.
- Heavy or rapid panting.
- Weakness, lethargy or depression.
- A bright red tongue.
- Thick saliva.
- Extra drooling.
How You Can Help Your Dog with Heat Stroke
If your dog is suffering from heatstroke, the most important thing you can do is try to lower your dog's body temperature. There are several ways that this can be done:
- Put your pet in a cool bath.
- Put an ice pack on your pet's forehead.
- Rub your dog's legs to promote good circulation and prevent shock.
- Give your dog water to drink; as much water as your pets would like.
Call Our Veterinarian in Greenfield, WI!
At Greenfield Veterinary Clinic, we understand the dangers of heat related illnesses. If you're a pet owner and are concerned about pet safety issues, contact us. We'll answer any questions you have about caring for your pet dog or cat this summer and give you suggestions for helping your pet to avoid heat-related illnesses. Call your pet's animal hospital at Greenfield Veterinary Clinic this summer to make an appointment and get answers to your questions about how to care for your pet.