Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

Summertime is a great time to be outdoors with your pet, but it's also important to know the dangers of dehydration and heatstroke. Pet dehydration and heatstroke are more common in pets during the summer. We at Silicon Valley Pet Clinic & Urgent Care serving Santa Clara, CA, welcome pets needing medical, surgical, and dental care. Here are some tips from our veterinarians on how to avoid pet dehydration and heatstroke.

Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

Avoid the Midday Sun 

The heat of the day can be dangerous for pets, so it's best to avoid walking or exercising during the midday hours. If you must be out during these times, keep your pet in the shade as much as possible and provide them with plenty of fresh water. In addition, avoid hot pavement and asphalt, as these can burn your pet's paws.

Know the Signs of Dehydration 

Dehydration is a severe condition that can be fatal for pets if not treated promptly. Signs of dehydration include excessive thirst, dry gums, lethargy, and sunken eyes. These signs can progress quickly, so if you see any of them, it can be important to seek veterinary care.

Never Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car 

Leaving your pet in a hot car can be deadly, even for just a few minutes. The temperature inside a parked car can rise quickly; even on a cool day, pets can succumb to heatstroke quickly. If you're going to be away from your pet for more than a few minutes, make arrangements for someone to watch them or leave them at home in a cool, comfortable place.

Provide Plenty of Fresh Water 

Pets need access to clean, fresh water, especially in warm weather. Make sure your pet has a bowl of water that is easily accessible, and refill it often. This is especially important if your pet is outdoors for extended periods of time. Also, avoid using a collar and leash that could restrict your pet's movement to get to the water.

Know the Signs of Heatstroke 

Heatstroke is a potentially fatal condition that occurs when a pet's body temperature becomes too high. Signs of heatstroke include panting, excessive thirst, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and seizures. If you think your pet may be suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cool area immediately and give them small amounts of cool water to drink. Then, call our veterinarians for help.

Visit Us for More Information

If you're concerned about your pet's health during the summer months or if they are showing any signs of dehydration and heatstroke, bring them in to see us at Silicon Valley Pet Clinic & Urgent Care serving Santa Clara, CA. We offer a wide range of services to keep your pet healthy and happy. Call us at (408) 248-3844 to schedule an appointment.


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