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Posted on 06-20-2018

Protecting Your Pets in Louisville from Heat Stroke and Overheating

When summer and warmer weather arrive, pets in Louisville are at risk of becoming too hot, which can lead to life-threatening health issues, such as heat stroke. How can you make sure that your pets stay cool enough this season? Keep the following pet tips and information in mind, so your pets have a lower risk of overheating. 

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Signs of Heat Stress in Dogs and Cats

When pets become too hot, they can end up with heat stress, which can quickly lead to serious health issues, such as organ damage. Whether your pets are in the yard or near a sunny window in your home, watch them for signs of heat stress. These include excessive panting, lethargy, vomiting, rapid breathing, fast heart rate and a lack of coordination.  

What to Do About Heat Stress in Pets

Overheated pets need to be cooled off as quickly as possible to lower the risk of organ failure. They should be placed in cool water, rather than cold water that could shock their system. Placing a cold pack on an overheated pet’s head can also help cool them down, and massaging their legs can reduce the risk of shock. Pets with heat stress or heat stroke need immediate veterinary care to check for signs of organ damage. 

Preventing Heat Stress in Louisville Pets

Keeping Louisville pets in an air-conditioned environment when it is hot and humid out helps prevent heat stress. Pets should also be kept indoors during the hottest part of the day, and they should never be left in a car, even with the windows open. Giving pets plenty of cold water on hot days can also help prevent heat exhaustion. If pets are outdoors in summer, they should have a shady spot to rest in and access to water at all times. 

Contact Our Louisville Veterinarian for Pet Care

If you have any concerns about your pet’s health this summer, please contact Doerr Animal Clinic for an appointment. Our Louisville veterinarian can provide pets with immediate care for heat stress and other health issues.

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