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Posted on 06-12-2017

Dangers of Pet Heatstroke from our Veterinarian in Overland Park

With the warmer months of the year in full swing, our veterinarian in Overland Park will unfortunately begin to see cases of pet heatstroke. Here at Nall Hills Animal Hospital, we provide emergency treatment for pets suffering from symptoms of heatstroke. For pet owners, knowing how to protect pets from the heat and being aware of common signs of heatstroke could be enough to save a life this summer.

Pet Heatstroke

Dangers and Symptoms of Pet Heatstroke

Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for heatstroke to set in and become fatal in pets of all sizes. Specifically, heat stroke occurs when a pet's body temperature rises to dangerous levels and the body's natural heat dissipation methods (panting, sweating, etc.) aren't enough.

There are many common signs of heatstroke in pets, but some of the most common to watch out for include:

  • Excessive Panting
  • Temperature of 103 or Higher
  • Lethargy or Strange Behavior

If your pet exhibits any symptoms of heatstroke, it is imperative that you remove your pet from heat immediately and place him or her into a cool (not freezing cold) bath. If symptoms persist, it's time to seek emergency care.

Protecting Your Dog From Heatstroke

The good news is that dog heatstroke is almost always preventable. The best way to protect your pet from dog heatstroke is to never leave your pet outside for more than a few minutes at a time on hot days. When your dog is outside, make sure he or she has access to plenty of shade and fresh water. And of course, if you are traveling with your pet, never leave them in a hot car—even leaving them alone for a couple of minutes could prove fatal.

When to See Our Veterinarian in Overland Park

If your pet experiences symptoms of heatstroke and a cool bath/fluids don't help immediately, it's time to see our veterinarian in Overland Park for specialized care. You can reach Nall Hills Animal Hospital by calling (913) 341-8836; we would be happy to provide you with further guidance.

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