How to Protect Your Pet from Heatstroke

Weather conditions during the hottest part of the summer might worsen to the point where they are unsafe for your pet. With the help of the following advice, shield your pet from the risk of heatstroke.

#1: Encourage your pet to drink

Some animals forget to drink as much as they should because they are so busy having fun outdoors and becoming sidetracked. By adding ice cubes to their water dish, investing in a pet drinking fountain, or just periodically refilling their water with cool, fresh liquid, you may encourage your pet to drink more water.

#2. Observe the weather

You may plan your pet’s outside adventures to take place during the coolest part of the day by closely monitoring the temperature and humidity. Generally speaking, early in the morning is the greatest time to work out before the sun and humidity have a chance to rise. The remainder of the day, limit yourself to quick restroom breaks and reserve vigorous activity for inside.

#3: Seek the shade

Whether you’re relaxing outside with your pet or taking a stroll around the block, seek the shade to prevent overheating and burnt paws. Although your pet’s paw pads may seem impervious to harm, they are sensitive and can blister easily from walking on scorching hot pavement.

#4: Use extra care for pets with certain conditions

Certain health issues or characteristics can increase your pet’s risk of heatstroke. If your furry pal falls into any of the following categories, take extra precautions to prevent overheating:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Very young or very old
  • Dark- or thick-furred
  • Cardiac disease
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Endocrine imbalances

#5: Know the warning signs of impending heatstroke

Learn the warning signals to look for in your pet so that heat stress or heat exhaustion don’t progress into full-blown heatstroke, which can result in organ failure. Early warning symptoms of hyperthermia in your pet include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Thick, ropey drool
  • Lethargy
  • Disorientation

If your pet continues to overheat without relief, they can develop vomiting, diarrhea, sudden collapse, or seizures.

Cool down your pet if they are showing indications of heatstroke, then get in touch with us for more help.