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Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats: Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

The weather is heating up in Oregon, and while that means swimming, camping, and other fun outdoor activities, it's also the time to keep an eye on beloved pets to prevent them from overheating. Heat stroke is a condition that can be life-threatening if not treated as soon as possible. For immediate heat stroke treatment, bring your pets to Medford Animal Hospital in Medford. Below are some pet tips provided by our veterinarians to help keep your furry family member safe when the temperature outside rises.

Keeping Your Pets Cool in Warm Weather

To prevent heat stroke, follow these helpful pet tips:

  • Never leave a pet alone in a parked car with the windows closed
  • Always have fresh, cool water available
  • If you and your pets are outdoors, let them rest in a shaded area
  • Take your pet’s daily walks or exercise early in the day, before it gets too hot, or in the evening when the sun goes down

Pets that have a health condition or are elderly, should remain indoors with proper air conditioning.

Recognize the Signs of Heat Stroke

Dogs and cats can overheat easily when they don't have access to fresh water or shade during hot weather. The outcome can be deadly. You can prevent this tragedy by recognizing the warning signs and taking quick measures to cool your pets’ temperature. The most common signs of overheating include:

  • Panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Disorientation
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures

If your pets are exhibiting these symptoms, it's essential to get them out of the heat and cool them down. Wrap wet, lukewarm (not cold) towels around your pet. Once you started cooling down your pet, call our animal hospital for more instructions.

If you suspect your cat or dog is suffering from heat stroke, contact a Medford veterinarian for immediate care. For more pet tips, call Medford Animal Hospital at (541) 772-2222.