Just like humans, during the hot months of summer overexposure to the sun and heat may lead to pet dehydration and heatstroke. Your pet is particularly vulnerable if they are already sick, or have an extremely thick coat. If you suspect your pet may be dehydrated, the first step is to take them to our veterinary staff at Williams-Sebby Veterinary Clinic & Pet Resort in San Marcos, TX.
Importance of Keeping Pets Hydrated
It is extremely important that you make sure your pet stays hydrated. Pets should always have access to fresh, clean water and it’s best to avoid leaving pets outside for long periods, especially if it is hot outside and never leave your pet alone in a locked vehicle. Some potential complications of dehydration may include:
- Kidney failure
- Aggression and disorientation
- Electrolyte abnormalities
- Heat stroke
Signs of Dehydration
Whether your pet is ill or it is hot outside, it is important that you recognize the signs and symptoms of dehydration. If your pet does become dehydrated, it is important that they are taken to the veterinarian immediately because they may need IV fluids in order to prevent the risk of more serious problems. The signs of dehydration may include:
- Excessive panting
- Dry nose and/or mouth
- Sunken eyes
- Unexplained aggressiveness
What Causes Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke may occur if your pet gets overheated. Unfortunately, heat stroke is often the result of accidentally leaving pets outside during extreme heat or leaving the pet in a hot car. It is extremely important to pay attention to pets when it is hot outside. This is especially pets that have thick fur, are obese or have a medical condition as these pets have a higher risk of developing heat stroke quickly. Pets do not sweat, so they are unable to release the heat inside their body, which makes them much more susceptible to developing heat stroke, which can be fatal. On hot days, pets should only be allowed outside for brief periods to use the bathroom and you should never leave your pet in a hot car.
Pet dehydration and pet heatstroke can be extremely serious in pets, even fatal, so it is critical that you take your pet to the veterinarian in San Marcos as soon as you suspect your pet may be sick. If your pet has been vomiting or had diarrhea for two days, they have a significantly high risk of pet dehydration and pet heat stroke.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Contact Williams-Sebby Veterinary Clinic & Pet Resort if you have any questions or concerns about dehydration or heat stroke. You can set up an appointment with our veterinary staff by calling 512-396-1996!