Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats

Heat Stroke in Pets

Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Dogs and cats can suffer from heat stroke just like people, especially during hot weather. It's a serious condition that requires immediate attention. If you think your dog or cat may be suffering from heat stroke, learn the symptoms and how to treat it. Preventative care is always the best course of action, so make sure to keep an eye on your pet during hot weather and take steps to keep them cool.

At Pine Castle Animal Clinic, our veterinarian is here to provide the treatment your furry friends need in case they get heat stroke. We also offer guidance on how to prevent it from happening, especially during summer. We serve Orlando, Kissimmee, Southchase, and St. Cloud, FL.

What Is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, occurs when an animal's body temperature rises to an unsafe level. It can happen quickly and is a very serious condition. Pets don't have many sweat glands, which means they don't sweat as much to cool their bodies. They cool off mainly through panting, and this makes them more susceptible to heat stroke than people.

Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats and Dogs

If your pets are starting to pant excessively or having trouble breathing, these may be signs of heat stroke, especially if it's extremely hot outside. Other symptoms include:

  • Excessive drooling and panting
  • Hot, dry skin or skin that's red and painful to the touch
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Glazed eyes
  • Unconsciousness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Seizures

How to Prevent Heat Stroke in Cats and Dogs

Since heat stroke is potentially fatal, preventative care is always the best course of action. In hot weather, keep your pets indoors as much as possible and make sure they have access to fresh, cool water at all times. If they must be outside, provide shade and make sure they're not left in a parked car, even for a short period.

If you have a long-haired or thick-coated breed, consider giving your pets a summer haircut to help them stay cooler. Also, avoid exercising your pets during the heat of the day.

Visit Pine Castle Animal Clinic for Heat Stroke Treatment

Hyperthermia is a serious medical condition that causes dehydration in your cat or dog. If you think your pets may be suffering from heat stroke, call our veterinarian immediately at (407) 855-5010. We're here to help in any way we can. We serve the areas of Orlando, Kissimmee, Southchase, and St. Cloud, FL.

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