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Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke Advice from Our Johnston Veterinarian

As pet owners, we want what is best for our loved ones. That means taking care of their veterinary needs. Pet owners should be made aware of the health problems that pets are especially vulnerable. That is why the Rush Animal Care will be discussing pet dehydration and heatstroke with the people of Johnston. 

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The Importance of Pet Hydration 

Compared to humans, cats and dogs are at a greater risk of overheating. Hypothermia can prove to be dangerous, even fatal, for some animals. Without the proper care, your pet is susceptible to heatstroke. That is why we urge pet owners to take the necessary steps to prevent overheating; make sure your pet is well hydrated throughout the day, especially during the summer. Pet hydration is the biggest preventive measure you can take to avoid a potential heatstroke. Also, consider creating cooling areas for your pet during the summer. Shaded areas in the backyard may be able to prevent heat exhaustion.

How Pet Heatstroke Occurs

Humans carry the perspiration system, an efficient process used to get rid out internal heat through sweat. Cats and dogs don't have this, instead, they rely on panting to bring cool air in. Panting tends to be more inefficient, trapping in heat more easily in animals. At some point, the body temperature of an animal grows so high that it causes complications.

When to Visit a Veterinarian

Emergency veterinary care will be needed in a situation of heat stroke. As a pet owner, you should be on the lookout for these signs and symptoms: excessive panting, excessive thirst, seizures, drooling, high body temperature, rapid heart rate, and collapsing. If your pet is displaying any of the mentioned symptoms, check him or her into your local vet immediately. 

Contact Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C. in Johnston, IA for Your Pet Care Today

Rush Animal Care is a leading clinic helping the pets of Johnston. Our veterinary team treats heatstroke along with a wide range of conditions. Call us at (515) 270-2240 to learn more about how we deal with heat stroke. 

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