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Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Prevent Your Pet from Overheating with our Lewistown and Mifflintown Veterinarians

Heat stroke is a very real possibility for dogs and cats, especially as late spring gives way to the warmer summer months. Both cats and dogs can potentially fall victim to heat stroke as well as the related conditions of heat exhaustion or heat toxicity. Our Lewistown veterinarians at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic and Mifflintown veterinarians at Juanita Veterinary Clinic are here to assist you with pet tips for preventing heat stroke and related medical issues. Left untreated, pet heat stroke can lead to very serious issues such as organ failure and, in some cases, even death.

Dog cooling down in the heat with a fan

Symptoms of Pet Heat Exhaustion

If you suspect your pet has fallen victim to the effects of the heat stroke, take appropriate steps to cool them down, then contact a veterinarian immediately. Some of the top symptoms of pet heatstroke include:

  • Labored, excessive panting
  • Fever
  • Excessive salivation
  • Bright red membranes (tongue, gums, eyes, and skin)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Collapse

If your pet is exhibiting these symptoms, it is important that they are cooled down immediately. Bring them into an air-conditioned environment and give them an abundance of cold, fresh water to drink. Wet their fur to cool their core body temperature and reduce their fever. If symptoms do not abate, bring them into your veterinarian for immediate treatment.

Avoiding Heat Stroke

There are measures all pet owners can take to help minimize pet heat stroke risk. These pet tips for heat stroke include:

  • Always ensure their water dish is full and accessible
  • Regulate and limit exertion during hot weather
  • Provide a wading pool
  • Wet them with a hose regularly while they are outdoors

Contact our Veterinarians in Lewistown and Mifflintown

Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic and Juniata Veterinary Clinic are here to assist you with any medical problems your pet might face. We pride ourselves on bringing exceptional, compassionate veterinary care to all area pets. Give us a call today with any questions you might have, or to book an appointment. To contact our animal hospital in Lewistown, Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic, call us at (717) 248-4703. To contact our animal hospital in Mifflintown, Juniata Veterinary Clinic, call us at (717) 436-9790.



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