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Posted on 06-07-2018

Pet Heat Stroke Prevention with our Diamond Bar Veterinarians

Heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very real risks for pets. The risk is perhaps even greater for animals than humans because animals aren’t able to voice their discomfort or communicate their symptoms.

Dog cooling down from the summer heat with a fan

Diamond Bar Veterinarian Brings Heat Stroke Advice, Pet Tips

Your Diamond Bar veterinarian is here to offer pet tips for the detection and prevention of pet health issues from exposure to heat and hot weather conditions.

There are warning signs pet owners can look for to anticipate the signs of heat stress so that you can help them avoid heat stroke. These include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Salivation (often thick and ropey)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea  
  • Red eyes, gums, tongue and sometimes the skin
  • Collapse

While hot conditions are the main causes of heat stress, heat toxicity, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, it can be exacerbated by:

  • Excessive exercise or walks
  • Insufficient water/hydration
  • Sitting in a locked car in hot conditions

The Dangers of Heatstroke

During heat stress, there is a rapid rise in internal body temperature that in extreme cases can lead to organ failure. While panting helps animals to dissipate the heat, in extreme heat they are unable to adequately cool their systems. Your pet can go into shock and collapse. Damage to the heart, liver, brain, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, muscles and bone marrow is possible.

There are numerous pet tips for pet owners for preventing health issues related to heat exposure. These include:

  • Minimizing time outdoors during hot days
  • Never leave a pet unattended in a car
  • Always provide plenty of cold water
  • Provide a wading pool outdoors on hot days

If your pet is diagnosed with a heat-related health issue, they may need intravenous fluids, medications and supervised care at an animal hospital. Your Diamond Bar veterinarian East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic is here to bring effective treatments for pet heat stroke and other heat-related conditions.

East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic Is Here To Help

Heat stroke is always a pet emergency, and East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic offers assistance to pets whose owners live in Diamond Bar, West Covina, Glendora California, Chino Hills and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at 909-861-5737.

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