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The summer season in North Carolina is a gorgeous time of year. But while the higher temperature can be pleasant, it can be problematic for your pet.
Heatstroke can occur if a dog or cat can't properly regulate its core temperature and thus experiences an excessive increase in body temperature (hyperthermia). If this happens to your pet and is not treated immediately, organ failure or even death may occur.
Animals who are very young, very old, or who have pre-existing health conditions are particularly at risk, but even healthy animals can experience heatstroke, especially in the summer. At Hilltop Animal Hospital, our team wants every pet owner to understand the warning signs of heatstroke in animals and how to prevent your pet from suffering from this dangerous and potentially lethal condition.
If your animal exhibits any of the following signs or symptoms this summer, it could be suffering from heatstroke:
Just 10 minutes in a car on even a mild summer day is like being left in an oven—literally. Under no circumstances should your pet be left alone in a locked car.
Aside from overheating, your pet may end up burning its paws on hot sidewalks and asphalt!
Pets know their bodies and will do what they can to cool themselves—assuming that they have the opportunity to do so. Never leave your pet unattended or tethered outside on hot days, and always make sure they have somewhere cool to rest and drink water when they need it.
If you see any of the symptoms mentioned above, call your vet right away for guidance. You can also help cool your pet down by wrapping the animal in a cool damp towel or blanket. Don't give your pet ice or freezing cold water, as this can shock the animal's system.
Part of protecting your pet from the heat requires that your pet has all its individual health needs met. Call our Fuquay Varina vet staff to schedule your pet's routine wellness exam.
Contact our office immediately at 919-567-9700. Dr. Gibbs and the Hilltop Animal Hospital team has the experience and skills necessary to keep your animal as safe and as healthy as possible all summer long. Call now