With the temperatures climbing, now is the time to be vigilant and ensure that your pets don't suffer the ill effects of heatstroke. Unlike humans, your pets are not able to sweat out all of the excess heat to cool down. Instead, they maintain their heat through the few sweat glands in their paws and panting, though these methods can make it difficult to maintain proper body temperature when it is hot outside. Heatstroke can lead to both severe and fatal complications, including cardiac arrest. At Natural Holistic Healthcare, our veterinarian knows how the heat in North Miami Beach, Florida, can affect your animals and can provide you with tips you can follow to help reduce your pets’ risk of developing heat stroke.
Below are a few tips you can follow to help you keep your pets’ body temperature regulated and reduce their risk of developing heat stroke.
Limit their exercise during hot days: While exercise is essential to maintain your pets’ health, scheduling your exercise time during the cooler morning or evening hours can allow them to better control their body temperature.
Keep them well hydrated: During the summer, your pets will need fresh, clean water always available to them during the day.
Never leave your pets in the car or outdoors on hot days: Your animals should have a cool shaded environment to rest during the day if they must go outside. Never leave pets in cars during hot days as the temperature inside the car can rise higher than the outside temperature.
Know the warning signs: Make sure to monitor your animal companions for signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, aggressiveness, lethargy, increased heart rate, little urination, and a red tongue or gums, so you can take them to the nearest veterinary clinic for assistance.
If you wish to know more about how to prevent heatstroke and keep your animals healthy during the summer, contact our knowledgeable veterinarian at Natural Holistic Health Care in North Miami Beach today to schedule an appointment. The number to call is 305-652-5372.