Hot weather can pose a hazard for dogs, causing severe symptoms that can be life-threatening. Dog owners should take special care in hot weather and seek veterinary care at the first signs of heatstroke in their pets. At Wintermere Pointe Animal Hospital in Winter Garden, we provide prompt treatment for dogs experiencing heatstroke symptoms.
What Is Heatstroke?
Canine heatstroke is a serious health problem that occurs when a dog’s body is unable to cool itself adequately. Because canines don’t have sweat glands in their body as humans do, they have a limited ability to cool their bodies. They can quickly become overheated, which can lead to death if not immediately treated.
Symptoms of Heatstroke
You may first notice your dog is panting excessively in a hot environment. Dogs will show signs of discomfort or disinterest in what is going on around them. The dog will drool a lot, and the gums may look reddened. The animal may vomit or have diarrhea. Movements may become uncoordinated. The dog may even become unconscious. At the first sign of heatstroke, get your dog to a cool area and seek veterinary care.
Veterinarians recommend pouring tepid water over the dog and onto the pads of the animal’s paws. Call the veterinarian’s office to alert them that you are bringing the animal in for heatstroke treatment. The vet will evaluate the dog to determine if IV fluids or additional cooling methods are needed. Blood tests will be done to determine if the kidneys have been affected or if other blood chemical abnormalities are present. The animal may be kept overnight to monitor its condition.
Preventing Heatstroke in Dogs
Because canines can only cool their bodies through panting and through the pads of their feet, dog owners must be particularly vigilant in hot weather and even in hot indoor areas. Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water in warm weather. Provide shade to allow the animal to get out of the sun. Never leave your dog in the car in hot weather. Watch for signs of overheating, and get your pet into a cool area if you see symptoms of heatstroke.
Contact Wintermere Pointe Animal Hospital for Your Dog’s Heatstroke Care
Dr. Santiago and our team at Wintermere Pointe Animal Hospital provide the highest quality care for pets in the Winter Garden area. We offer many services for pet health, including vaccinations, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, and dog training. Call our team today at (407) 554-3422 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.