Veterinary Help for Pet Heatstroke and Dehydration
Acting quickly if your pet has heatstroke or dehydration could save its life. First, you need to teach yourself the symptoms of heatstroke and dehydration that appear in pets. Next, find a trusted animal hospital to take your pet to in the local area. If you are in Lynwood, Montebello, or East Los Angeles, trust Casillas Veterinary Hospitals to take care of your pet in these types of emergencies.
Dehydration in Cats and Dogs
Dehydration in your cat or dog can happen at any time of the year and in any weather conditions. Some pets may have health problems that keep them from drinking enough water. Whereas others have dehydration that happens from heat exposure. In this instance, dehydration in hot weather serves as a warning. If you do not cool your pet off and get it water to drink, dehydration increases the chances that it will experience heatstroke.
Signs of dehydration in cats or dogs include the following:
- Pale gums
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Dry nose and eyes
- Elevated heart rate
If you notice any of these signs, try to get your pet to drink water while you bring it to an animal hospital. Because severe dehydration can cause organ damage, you need to get your animal treated as soon as possible. A veterinarian can also find the cause of dehydration if your companion animal has a health problem that made it prone to not getting enough to drink.
Symptoms of Heatstroke in Pets
Heatstroke happens when your pet's body temperature rises to a dangerously high level, usually from exposure to high temperatures. Pets that get locked in the car frequently suffer from heatstroke and death.
Signs of heatstroke are severe and can appear suddenly. Watch out for the following:
- Body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit
- Muscle tremors
Your dog or cat needs immediate care for heatstroke. This is a medical emergency for your pet. Permanent organ damage or death may occur if you do not get prompt veterinary treatment for your animal.
How a Veterinarian Helps Your Pet with Heatstroke or Dehydration
The vet will help to stabilize your pet. Depending on the level of dehydration, your animal may need supplemental intravenous (IV) fluids. While restoring fluid and mineral balance to it, the vet will also look for signs of organ damage, blood pressure fluctuations, and other changes that could additional care.
Trust Casillas Veterinary Hospitals for Your Pet's Health
Heatstroke and dehydration require prompt care. If you notice signs of either of these in your pet, contact the animal hospital closest to you. We have three Casillas Veterinary Hospitals in East Los Angeles, Lynwood, and Montebello. Call 323-726-1525 to let our staff know that you are bringing your pet in and you suspect that it needs treatment immediately. By letting us know that you are coming, we can prepare for your pet's arrival and get it cared for as quickly as possible.
We love all the pets we treat at Casillas Veterinary Hospitals. You can trust our veterinarians and the entire staff to give your pet the best treatment that we can.