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Pet Heatstroke

Prevent Heatstroke in Your Pet

At the first sign of heatstroke, bring your pet to Pensacola’s best emergency animal hospital, Brentwood Animal Hospital. The well-being of your pet is our top priority and our dedicated emergency veterinary staff will see to all of your pet’s needs, which includes treating heatstroke. Heatstroke is a serious, life-threatening condition for your pet. It’s critical to learn the signs of this emergency pet condition so that swift treatment can be provided when necessary.

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What Are the Signs of Heatstroke in Your Pet?

Heatstroke is much more serious than a pet simply being overheated. The signs of heatstroke include the following: 

  • Excessive panting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bright red gums
  • Body temperature higher than 104° F
  • Collapse, seizure, or coma

Heatstroke is an emergency pet situation that all pet owners need to be aware of, especially during the summer months. Being able to identify heatstroke is important, as is preventing your pet from overheating in the first place.

Preventing Heatstroke for Your Pet

Our experienced veterinarians at Brentwood Animal Hospital recommend that you take some steps to prevent heatstroke. The first step is to limit the time you spend with your pet outdoors in the heat. Every Pensacola pet owner is familiar with the extreme weather patterns we experience, so planning is critical. 

  • Make sure your pet has access to a cool space with excellent ventilation
  • Allow access to shade (especially for outdoor animals)
  • Always provide access to fresh drinking water
  • Never leave your pet in your vehicle since even mild temperatures are hazardous
  • Avoid exercising your pet in hot weather
  • Limit your pet’s contact with hot surfaces that retain heat

Taking these simple precautions will protect your pet and prevent a pet emergency visit due to heatstroke. Enjoy the weather in Pensacola with your pet, but beware of the potential of heatstroke that may require emergency veterinary care. Prevention is critical, but in the unfortunate event of pet heatstroke, the dedicated staff at Brentwood Animal Hospital are ready to help! 

Emergency Veterinary Care in Pensacola, FL

If you have any questions about heatstroke or veterinary care in general, contact Brentwood Animal Hospital today at 850-434-2646. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, you should take immediate action to get the emergency veterinary care your pet needs.