Pet Heat Related Illness
Learn more about how to prevent your pet from overheating

As the temperature goes up, so do your pets’ chances of suffering a heat related illness. Our animals, mainly cats and dogs, deal with heat differently. This is done by panting, a way of cooling through their mouth. Unfortunately, this is less efficient than sweating. Our pets also have thick fur (mostly), different-shaped noses, and may suffer from conditions that make them more prone to reacting with the heat; laryngeal paralysis and obesity to name just two.

We, as pet owners, need to help them a little bit to make sure they stay cool. Without the proper attention to our furry (or hairless) companions, they could suffer from any of these symptoms:

  • Brain swelling
  • Kidney failure
  • Abnormal clotting in the blood
  • Dehydration

Steps To Prevent Heat Exhaustion

panting-dogPreventing your pet from overheating, who just want to run and play, may seem a bit tricky but we assure you it’s not all too hard.

The first step is to determine what if the weather is forecasted to be hot and humid. If so, where will your pet be on a day like this?

If they are outside, make sure they have plenty of access to shade and water.

If your pet is inside, make sure the environment has water and is ventilated. This means the house or the car.

Never leave your companion in an unattended car without the AC. Cracking your windows and parking in the shade will not be enough.

Even with proper precautions, your pet may still suffer some heat-related condition. If you notice your pet suffering from any of these reactions in a hot place, PLEASE remove them from the environment and seek veterinary attention:

  • Temperature over 103 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Excessive Panting
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Seizures

Royal Vista Veterinary Specialists hope you and your pet enjoy a safe and fun summer!