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Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats

Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Dogs and cats can get heatstroke just as humans do. This can be a very serious condition that can sometimes be fatal to pets. Heatstroke can set in when a pet's temperature gets too high. And because dogs and cats can't sweat, it's harder for them to cool down. If you have a pet in Lewistown or Mifflintown area that is suffering from heatstroke, our veterinary team at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic can help. We've also put together some pet tips on ways to avoid heatstroke from occurring.

Leaving Pets in the Car

The temperature inside a vehicle can rise quickly, and the hot air can't escape. This allows the temperature to get much hotter than it is outside quickly. Even if it isn't that hot outside, never leave your pet in the car without the air on. Rolling down a window won't help, so don't substitute this for air conditioning.

Exercising in the Heat

When the days are hot and humid, your pet getting too much exercise can cause heatstroke. If you have a dog with a short nose, his or her panting doesn't help it as much when they're trying to cool down, making them more susceptible to heatstroke. Help your pet by limiting the amount of time they can exercise out in the heat. Make sure they have plenty of access to cool water and get them to rest when you can.

Pet Obesity

When a pet is obese, it makes him or her more likely to develop heatstroke. That's why it's crucial to ensure your pet has a healthy diet and maintains a healthy weight. We can help manage your pet's weight and put it on an effective weight loss plan.

Contact Us for Pet Care from Our Veterinarians in Lewistown or Mifflintown

If your pet is breathing heavily, lethargic, vomiting, or having muscle spasms, these may be signs of heatstroke. Our veterinarians at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic can treat your pet's heatstroke and provide the information you need to prevent it from reoccurring. Our team is dedicated to helping pets live long and healthy lives. Contact us at 717-248-4703 for our Lewistown location or at 717-436-9790 for our Mifflintown office for your pet's next appointment.



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