Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

Indications of Pet Dehydration and Pet Heatstroke

During the summer months, Meriden, KS, has its fair share of hot days, which can mean trouble for pets, especially if they don’t have access to plenty of water. Although pet dehydration often occurs when the temperature is high outdoors, it can also happen regardless of the temperature. Pet dehydration is a serious health problem that may lead to pet heatstroke. The good news is when caught early enough, our veterinarian at Meriden Animal Hospital can provide treatment for both dehydration and heatstroke. It’s important to ensure your pet has plenty of water available and be aware of the possible signs of dehydration and heatstroke.


Signs of Pet Dehydration

Dehydration can occur when your pet is exposed to high temperatures and does not have access to a sufficient water supply. Both dogs and cats can experience it, so it’s vital to not leave your animal outdoors for long periods, especially when there is a high heat index. It’s also essential to make sure your pet has access to fresh, clean water. If you notice any unusual behavior in your animal after he has been outdoors, give him a cool area to lie down and offer him water. If your pet does not improve, contact our veterinarian in Meriden right away. Signs of pet dehydration may include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry nose, eyes or gums
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decrease in skin elasticity

Signs of Pet Heatstroke

Just like in humans, heatstroke in pets happens when the body temperature is excessively high. If you suspect your pet may have heatstroke, you need to cool him down by placing a cool, damp cloth or towel under his body. If possible, move him to an air-conditioned area, or if outdoors, move him to a shaded area and contact the veterinarian immediately for further instructions. Signs of pet heatstroke may include:

  • Disorientation
  • Vomiting
  • Red gums
  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tarry stools

Water is an essential component of your pet’s blood, organs, and muscles, so even a slight decrease in the amount of water his body requires can be life-threatening. Water is also critical for maintaining a safe temperature range in pets, and it’s crucial for your pet's safety that he has access to fresh, cool water.

Call Us Right Away If You Notice These Problems In Your Animal

If you notice panting or any of the other signs of pet dehydration or pet heatstroke, it’s critical that you attempt to cool your animal off and contact our veterinarian at Meriden Animal Hospital immediately. The number to call is 785-484-3358.


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