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When prolonging your pet to rising outside temperatures, it’s important to understand the signs of pet heatstroke and pet dehydration in order to keep your pet safe. If you have questions and concerns about your pet’s well-being, contact your veterinarian at the Winter Garden Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment or to speak to one of our caring staff members.
Dehydration occurs when your pet is unable to replace lost fluids, including both electrolytes and water. Water helps move important nutrients throughout the cells in the body, it aids in digestion and helps the body absorb important nutrients. Water also provides a means to cool the body down and to stabilize the body temperature. It also lubricates and cushions joints to make movement easier.
Heat stroke occurs when your pet’s body overheats and cannot cool itself through normal heat dissipating mechanisms, like panting. Heatstroke is a serious condition that can cause damage to your pet’s organs and even death.
It’s important to contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet shows any signs or symptoms of heat stroke or dehydration. These signs include:
Signs of dehydration include dry and tacky feeling gums. You should also be able to pinch your pet’s skin between your thumb and forefinger and it should snap back.
If your pet is displaying any signs or you need to speak to your veterinarian about pet heatstroke and dehydration prevention, contact us at the Winter Garden Animal Hospital at (407) 656-4132. It’s also important to get your pet to a vet immediately.