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Each year, many pets die needlessly from heatstroke while being left in a car or outdoors in hot weather. This is not only a common problem in Orlando but all across the nation. Our veterinarians at Pine Castle Animal Clinic have gathered a few tips on how to prevent heatstroke in your dog or cat.
Even if the weather is only 85 degrees Fahrenheit, a car’s interior temperature shoots up to 120 degrees in less than 30 minutes. Never leave your pets in a car, even if the air conditioner is running. Countless pets have died when the car stalls or the air conditioner stops working.
Dogs do not understand the heat. They may play more than they should in the heat. If it is too hot and humid for you, then it is too hot and humid for your dog. Just let your dog stay outside for a few minutes. Go check on it and bring it in, even if it still wants to stay outside. When your dog is outside, make sure it always has access to water.
Contact our animal hospital if your pet shows any signs of heatstroke. These signs include panting harder than usual, drooling, glazed expression, dizziness, lack of coordination, lack of energy, vomiting, seizures, and the tongue turning a dark red or purple. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from heatstroke, get it in the shade immediately or cover it with cool wet towels. Contact our veterinarians for further assistance.
Heatstroke can have devastating consequences for your furry friend. Dr. Klein and Dr. Whaley at Pine Castle Animal Clinic will answer any questions that you may have if you suspect your pet is suffering a heatstroke. Call our team today at (407) 855-5010 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.