Prevent Your Pet from Overheating with Tips from Our NYC Veterinarians at Animal General
Heat stroke is a very serious risk for dogs and cats during the summer months. In extreme cases, it can be fatal. Our NYC veterinarians at Animal General are here to assist you and provide you with pet tips for avoiding heat stroke. Our goal is to help your pet enjoy the best quality of life possible, even during the hot weather months.
Prevent Heat Exhaustion
One of the best things pet owners can do is take steps to prevent pets from getting heat stroke. They can do so by:
- Minimizing pets’ physical activity during hot weather conditions
- Always provide access to plenty of fresh water
- Never leave pets alone in an enclosed car
- Cool pets down outdoors by wetting them down
- Provide a small pool for them to splash around in outdoors
Heatstroke Symptoms in Pets and Treatment
There are specific warning signs pet owners can watch for that indicate pet heat stroke. They include:
- Excessive panting
- Thick, ropy salivation
- Redness of the gums, eyes, membranes, and skin
If your pet is showing the signs of heat stroke, take steps to cool them down as rapidly as possible. Bring them in to an air-conditioned area. Wet down their fur if possible. Give them plenty of cool water to drink. The goal is to bring down their core body temperature as quickly as possible. The importance of this cannot be overstated.
If your pet’s heat stroke symptoms persist, this is a pet emergency. Bring them in to Animal General as soon as possible. If heat stroke progresses without relief or effective treatment, it can lead to highly serious issues like organ damage and organ failure. In extreme cases, heat stroke can cause premature death.
Animal General hopes you will benefit from these pet tips for heat stroke. We are dedicated to your pet’s total health, well-being, and quality of life. Call us at 212-501-9600 if you have additional questions about pet heat stroke or to set up an appointment with our veterinarians in NYC.