As the weather warms up, you will probably want to go outdoors with your pet to allow them to run around and have some fun. At Clearwater Animal Clinic in Clearwater, FL, we want you to enjoy the weather, but we also want to help you keep your pet safe. Our vet team put together a quick guide on how to prevent dehydration and heatstroke, and you can learn more below:

Provide an Environment with a Cooler Temperature

Be sure that your pet rests in an area that has plenty of shade. While this is imperative for the outdoors, don’t forget to do the same inside. Solar energy can make any area of the house hotter if the sun shines through, so be sure that your pet’s bed is somewhere cooler and that they have shade.

Walk Your Pet When It’s Cooler Outside

Walking your pet during the hottest hours of the day can cause heatstroke and burn their paws from the pavement. Instead, try walking them earlier in the day or later in the evening when the sun isn’t blazing down.

Keep Your pet Hydrated

Pack a water bottle for both you and your pet when you go out. Ensuring that you both have something to replenish your body during the heat can be highly beneficial.

Be Aware of Symptoms

It’s very important that you know the symptoms of dehydration and heatstroke so that you can seek help immediately. Some of the most common signs include the following:

  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Restlessness
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness or fainting
  • Fast heartrate
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Sunken eyes
  • Red gums
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loose skin

If you notice any of these signs, call our vets or take your pet to our animal hospital immediately, as dehydration and heatstroke can lead to severe complications and even be fatal.

Contact us for an Appointment Today

Whether you need emergency care or a routine exam, our team at Clearwater Animal Clinic in Clearwater, FL, can help. Call us at (727) 584-1151 for emergency care or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to keeping your pet heathy!


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