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Posted on 07-17-2017

Avoid Heatstroke this Summer in Colorado Springs

The summer is a time to explore and enjoy the beautiful weather conditions. Unfortunately, a pet maintains a coat throughout the summer months and may face challenges with heat stroke when temperatures start increasing. By working with vets in the Centennial Animal Hospital, you reduce the risk of a pet facing heat stroke or related complications from the weather.

Woman running with her dog in summer.

Signs of Heatstroke in Pets

Heatstroke is a concern for any pet. You want to seek proper veterinary care when your pet shows signs of a heatstroke, but you must also recognize the symptoms in your pet.

Common signs of a heat stroke include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • High temperatures
  • Going into shock
  • Vomiting blood
  • Black stool
  • Infrequent urination
  • Tremors and seizures
  • Odd movements
  • Unconsciousness

If you suspect a heat stroke or early signs of dehydration in a pet, you want to visit a Colorado Springs veterinarian for immediate treatment. Do not wait until your pet goes into shock or starts showing signs of a seizure. Always seek treatment when you notice blood, black stool or other risk factors in your pet. 

Ways to Prevent Heatstroke

Preventing a heat stroke during the summer months is a key part of avoiding risks to your pet. Vets offer solutions based on your pet's breed and risk factors, but you should always take measures to limit risks to your pet.

Provide your pet with plenty of water and shade. If the shade is limited in your yard, then put a dog house or a child's playhouse in the area. If you do not need to put your pet outside, then allow him or her to stay in the house.

Keep your pet cool with water. Spray your pet with the hose during the day to keep his or her temperature in a healthy range. Do not use cold water; instead, opt for lukewarm water in small pets or cool water for larger pets. Seek veterinary care at an animal hospital if you suspect a heatstroke.

When to Visit a Veterinarian near Colorado Springs

A veterinarian near Colorado Springs can help when you have concerns about the high temperatures during the summer months. Visit early in the summer to check on the health of your pet. You also want to visit when you notice signs of dehydration or heat stroke in a pet.

Heatstroke is a concern during summer. Fortunately, you have options available to address the risks of dehydration and a heat stroke in your pets. To learn more about preventing heat stroke in pets or for an appointment, contact us at 719-528-1693 today.

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