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Heat Stroke & Dehydration

The Brentwood Animal Hospital Offers Treatment for Pet Dehydration & Heatstroke

Dehydration and heatstroke are health problems that result from high temperatures. It generally occurs when animals are left outdoors in very hot weather, but can also develop when pets are kept in very warm indoor areas. At The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola, FL, we provide treatment for pet dehydration and heatstroke that can occur in hot weather.

The Brentwood Animal Hospital Offers Treatment for Pet Dehydration & Heatstroke

What Is Pet Dehydration?

Dehydration occurs when an animal is unable to replace the fluids lost from being in a hot environment. Loss of water and electrolytes causes dysfunction in normal body systems.

Symptoms of Dehydration

A dehydrated pet may pant heavily. The eyes may appear sunken, the nose dry and the gums may be pale and sticky. Your pet may seem lethargic and uninterested in playing. If you pinch your pet’s skin, it will not snap back to its former state. Your pet may have no appetite.

What Is Heatstroke?

Heatstroke most often occurs when an animal is in the hot sun for too long. If the body temperature rises to dangerous levels, your pet will have the most difficult time lowering his or her temperature. Collapse and unconsciousness can occur, as a result.

Symptoms of Heatstroke

Signs of pet heatstroke include panting excessively, obvious distress, mental dullness, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and reddened gums. Eventually, your pet will show uncoordinated movements, loss of consciousness, and collapse. Heatstroke is a veterinary emergency and must be treated immediately. Take your pet to see our veterinarian as quickly as possible. Our veterinarian will administer fluid therapy and will monitor your pet’s organ function.

Preventing Pet Heatstroke and Dehydration

Particularly in the state of Florida, where the sunshine is constant and temperatures stay in the 90s for days, you should be vigilant about monitoring your pet for signs of overheating. Limit outdoor activities when temperatures are high. Keep fresh water on hand throughout the day. Provide shade when your pet is outdoors. Never leave your pet in the car in hot weather, not even for a few moments. Body temperature can rise quickly leading to a heat stroke emergency.

Make The Brentwood Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Pensacola, FL

Dr. Burnett and the staff at The Brentwood Animal Hospital love animals as much as you do and they work hard to deliver superior care for their patients in Pensacola, FL and nearby communities. Call The Brentwood Animal Hospital today to have your pet examined and to learn how to protect your pet from dehydration and heatstroke.