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Preventing Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke

Preventing Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke with Our Vancouver Veterinarians

Pet dehydration is a serious medical problem. At Atlas Animal Hospital and Emergency Vancouver, we offer emergency vet services for pets experiencing medical emergencies, including heat stroke. During the summer months, pets are at a higher risk for dehydration and heat strokes. The heat has a way of robbing your pet’s body of life-sustaining fluids like water and electrolytes.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Normally heat stroke follows a period of dehydration. Without water your pet’s organs will fail to function. Hydration regulates body temperature and support all the vital organs in your pet’s body. Your pet’s digestive system, brain and internal healing cannot function properly without water. We have included several signs for pet owners to look for this summer for they can recognize the signs of both pet dehydration and pet heatstroke:

  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • High body temperature above 104
  • Excessive panting
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Diarrhea

Tips on How to Cool Down Your Pet if They are Overheating:

  • Soak your pet with a wet towel
  • Dip your pet in a pool
  • Spray your pet with a water hose
  • Give your pet fresh drinking water

Treatment for Heat Stroke from our Vancouver Emergency Veterinarians

Your pet should be seen at the first sign of a pet heatstroke or dehydration. On normal days when the temperature is cool, you can expect your pet to be tired from running and playing. However, on hot summer days when the sun is full blast, you need to pay extra close attention to your pet’s behavior. Heatstroke occurs when your pet is displaying signs of excessive panting and difficulty breathing. Your pet may vomit and experience a bloody red discharge (diarrhea). This is the most critical stage of heat strokes, because your pet is losing vital fluids including electrolytes. The severity of this magnitude can cause irreversible liver, kidney and brain damage. In the most severe cases, pets go into cardiac arrest and never recover.

Contact Atlas Animal Hospital and Emergency Vancouver

Contact Atlas Animal Hospital Emergency Vancouver at (604) 301-0300 for peace of mind. Your pet’s health is too important to ignore. Our Vancouver vets are here 24/7 for your convenience.

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