Pet Heatstroke

Treatment for Pet Heatstroke at Dove Mountain Veterinary in Marana

You may marvel at how happily your pet seems to adapt to the great outdoors, especially in the hot Arizona sun. But heat can prove just as dangerous for pets as it can for humans. Excessive heat exposure can lead to an internal temperature malfunction known as heatstroke. At Dove Mountain Veterinary, our Marana veterinarian and staff can provide treatment for pet heatstroke while also priming you in preventative strategies to keep your pet safe from this potentially-deadly emergency condition.

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Recognizing Heatstroke Symptoms

Heatstroke is a type of hyperthermia, a condition in which your pet's body temperature soars above the accepted norms. But unlike hypothermia caused by a fever, heatstroke occurs when exterior temperatures are too high for the body to control its internal temperature levels. Short-nosed dogs and cats (Boston Terriers, Pugs, etc.) are especially vulnerable, since they lack the longer airway that helps the animal cool himself through panting. Any pet left in a hot, enclosed car for any length of time, or deprived of water and shelter on a hot day, may also fall prey to heatstroke. Watch out for symptoms such as:

  • Intense panting or other obvious breathing problems
  • Drooling
  • Staggering, seizures, or collapse
  • Blood diarrhea
  • Elevated heart heart

Emergency Treatment Measures for Pet Heatstroke

If you think your pet is experiencing heatstroke, bring him indoors immediately, drape him in a cool, wet towel, and call Dove Mountain Veterinary to let us know you're coming. Any veterinarian on our team provide emergency treatment to get your pet's temperature down, normalize his heart rate, and make breathing easier. We may also dispel excessive heat with rubbing alcohol and administer hydration therapy as needed to bring your pet out of danger.

Pet Heatstroke Prevention Strategies

Our veterinarian in Marana is also a great source of guidance when it comes to heatstroke prevention. We may recommend that you set up a tent, doghouse, or other source of shelter in your yard, and keep the water bowl refilled with fresh, cool water at all times. Ice chips can give your pet an additional way to cool down. Instead of leaving your pet outdoors, unsupervised, on hot days when you have business to attend to, we may also recommend a veterinary boarding stay to provide comfortable, safe accommodations for your special friend.

Contact our Veterinarian in Marana for Pet Heatstroke Treatment

No matter what the thermometer may read, you have the power to protect your best friend against life-threatening pet heatstroke. If you need help from our skilled veterinarian in Marana, AZ on how to help your pet avoid or overcome heatstroke, the contact Dove Mountain Veterinary. Call (520) 448-9690 today for more information and emergency advice!

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