Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

Dehydration is a condition that can affect pets when they are not able to replace the fluids they normally lose during daily life. Heatstroke is a much more serious condition in which the animal is unable to cool its body down to a stable temperature to support the body's organs. Both of these conditions may require a veterinarian to provide immediate treatment. At Animal General in Manhattan, NY, we have experience caring for animals experiencing dehydration and heatstroke. We will work with your pet to treat the condition and help prevent it from reoccurring.

Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

Causes of Dehydration and Heatstroke in Pets

Dehydration can occur when insufficient water is provided or when pets fail to drink enough to replace fluids that are being lost. Very young, senior, sick, or pregnant animals are at higher risk for dehydration. Heatstroke usually occurs when an animal is engaged in vigorous activity outdoors in warm weather. Dogs reduce their body heat through panting, but when they cannot pant enough to cool their bodies, their internal temperatures rise to dangerous levels.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Your pet may begin to pant heavily, trying to cool his or her body. The eyes, nose, and gums may look dry as a result. Your pet's skin elasticity is reduced, and if you pull skin away from the body, it will fail to return to its normal position. The animal may become lethargic and lose its appetite, Vomiting or diarrhea may occur. These are all clear signs that not enough fluid is available in the body and that you need to contact our team right away.

Symptoms of Heatstroke

Heatstroke symptoms include excessive panting, lethargy, and failure to follow commands. The animal will become increasingly indifferent to external stimuli. If not cooled immediately, your pet can become unconscious or suffer a seizure.

Treatment for Dehydration

Providing plenty of water to drink is the first step you should take if your pet is dehydrated. If the animal won't drink, offer ice cubes to lick or a bit of beef broth. Our veterinarians can provide IV fluids and electrolytes, if needed.

Treatment for Heatstroke

Our veterinarians will administer IV fluids to replace what has been lost. A cooling blanket is sometimes used to reduce body temperature. The animal's heart, kidneys, and other organs must be monitored to detect impairment that may require additional treatment to prevent permanent damage.

Visit Our Animal Hospital for Quality Pet Care from Our Veterinarians in Manhattan, NY

Our professional staff at Animal General in Manhattan uses their years of experience and state-of-the-art equipment to provide quality care for pets at any stage of life. Our animal hospital offers various services, including wellness visits, puppy and kitten care, dental care, vaccinations, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, and more to ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life. Contact Animal General immediately at 202-501-9600 for emergency care if your pet experiences symptoms of dehydration or heatstroke.

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