Pet Tips on Preventing Heatstroke in
Dogs and Cats
Summer is here! If you like most people, you are probably thinking about what you are going to do outdoors. Maybe play sports, spend time at the beach, or take your pets out. If you are thinking about including your pets in your outdoor activities, you will want to know about the dangers of heatstroke. At Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown and Mifflintown, our veterinarians want you to enjoy your summer with your pets as much as possible, but we also want you to remember that your pets cannot sweat as you do. Here are some pet tips we put together to prevent your animals from suffering heatstroke.
Prevention of Heatstroke
Unlike us, pets cannot cool down as easily as we can. Their sweat glands are on the pads of their paws, which is not enough to help the body to regulate body temperature if you think about it. Pets will pant, salivate, or lick themselves to help get rid of the excess heat. Still, no amount of panting, licking, or salivating can help when the heat index rises above what their bodies can handle. Take a look at some veterinarian prevention pet tips to help prevent your dogs or cats from overheating.
- Avoid excessive physical activity when the temperatures are high.
- Walk your dogs during the cooler hours of the day, which are early morning and late evening.
- Never leave your pet unattended in a hot car.
- Provide water at all times.
- If your pets are out, make sure there is access to shade.
- If possible, leave your dogs or cats in your home where there is proper ventilation.
Call Us If You Believe Your Pets Have Heatstroke
If your pets are heavy breathing or panting, lethargic, vomiting, or having muscle spasms, contact the veterinarians from Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic at 717-248-4703 (Lewistown) or 717-436-9790 (Mifflintown) immediately. Heatstroke is a serious condition, and seeking treatment right away can save your pets’ lives.