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Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

What All Pet Owners Should Know About Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

Preventing pet dehydration and heatstroke is often something that many pet owners only worry about in hot summer weather. However, these scenarios can happen year-round. At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, we're doing what we can to help all pet owners know how to prevent these dangerous conditions from happening in the first place. After all, both conditions can be very serious, but they are also very preventable. 

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Signs of Pet Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when your pets are not getting enough water, especially when they are running around or playing. Dehydration isn't always obvious, particularly in the early stages. If you notice any of the following signs, contact our veterinarians right away:

  • Panting excessively
  • Dry nose, gums, or mouth
  • Loss of appetite or interest in food
  • Vomiting or dry heaving
  • Lethargy or low energy
  • Sunken or "dry" looking eyes

To prevent dehydration, always make sure your pets have access to water. When you go on hikes or outside for extended periods, make sure you have water with you and a means of providing it to your animals. Other ways you can prevent dehydration include:

  • Cleaning out their water bowl regularly
  • Keeping their water bowl in a cool, sheltered place
  • Making them take frequent breaks from high-energy activities
  • Letting them go outside and give them the ability to urinate frequently

Symptoms of Pet Heatstroke

Pet heatstroke is just as serious as dehydration. It's also worth noting that it can occur even if your pets are drinking water. If you notice any of the below signs, you need to move your furry companions to a cooler spot, get them some water, and seek veterinary treatment immediately:

  • Heavy panting, which may increase as heatstroke becomes more severe
  • Tongue or gum color changes
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Fainting

The best ways to prevent pet heatstroke are:

  • Make sure your pets do not spend too much time outside when temperatures are brutal
  • Never leave them in a car, even if you have the windows open 
  • Make sure your animals drink plenty of water and rest frequently while running around

Always Bring Your Pets In For a Vet Visit If You Notice Any Signs of Heatstroke or Dehydration

It's important to note that you should always bring your pets in to get checked by a veterinarian in cases of heatstroke and dehydration. At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, we'll give your furry animals a full checkup and make sure that there are no underlying issues. Your pets’ health is always our priority. Call 770-479-1905 for information about preventing pet heatstroke or dehydration.

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