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Hyperthermia: Veterinarian in Lewistown Help for Heat Stroke in Pets

At Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic, we know the words “heat stroke” can strike fear in pet owners. That's why our veterinarian in Lewistown provides comprehensive help for heat stroke in pets.

Non-fever hyperthermia, more commonly known as heat stroke, is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in pets. It occurs when an animal's body temperature is elevated beyond the normal range because of outside heat. A dog being locked in a hot car is one of the most well-known examples, but excessive heat in any situation is a trigger for pets.

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Preventing Summer Heat Stroke Hazards in Pets

Avoiding summer heat stroke hazards in pets is the best way to prevent an emergency trip to your veterinarian in Lewistown.

  • Never leave your pets in an unventilated hot car. Even with the windows down, temperatures may rise as quickly as 10 degrees every 10 minutes.
  • Keep pets indoors on excessively hot summer days.
  • Ensure pets have cool, shaded escapes and plenty of cool water to drink when outside.
  • Always keep fresh water on hand, including when you walk your dog.
  • Exercise pets in the mornings and evenings when summer temperatures are cooler.

Heat Stroke Signs in Pets

Early detection of heat stroke signs in pets is vital to preventing further complications. Although heat stroke is more common in dogs than in cats, both are susceptible and the symptoms are similar, although usually less pronounced in our feline friends.

Signs Include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Racing heart rate
  • Dark red gums
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Little or no urine

Heat Stroke Treatment in Dogs and Cats

If you notice signs of heat stroke, it's important to act quickly. Safely lowering your pets body temperature with cool – but never cold – water is the first step. You can immerse your pet in water, spray him down or wrap a wet towel around him, just avoid getting water in the nose and mouth. Then sit your animal in front of a fan or cold air vent and encourage him to drink cool water. Your goal is to lower the temperature back to normal but not below. Aim for a temperature of 103 F in dogs and between 100.4 and 102.5 F in cats. If your pet is unresponsive, in addition to wetting him down, place a bag of frozen vegetables under him and seek emergency care.

Because heat stroke can cause unseen complications, such as kidney failure and blood-clotting, bringing your pet into our office for a thorough examination is the next step. We will run a series of tests, hydrate with IV fluids and provide any and all necessary life-saving treatments.

Contact Us

Don't hesitate to act if you suspect heat stroke. Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic is here to help. For our veterinarian in Lewistown (110 Electric Ave, Lewistown, PA 17044) call 717-248-4703. Our Juniata Veterinary Clinic (1775 Butcher Shop Rd., Mifflintown, PA 17059) can be reached at 717-436-9790.