Treatment for Pet Heatstroke and Dehydration at
Waldorf Emergency Care
It's the stuff of a pet's owner's nightmares -- your pet is losing fluids at an alarming rate, or he's suddenly displaying the telltale signs of acute heatstroke. Either or both of these conditions can pose a clear threat to your pet's health or even his life. It's important to recognize the symptoms and provide the right response immediately, starting with a call o Waldorf Emergency Care. Our veterinarian can normalize your pet's vital signs and put him back on the mend.
The Dangers of Pet Heatstroke and Dehydration
Heatstroke is a condition that can affect humans and pets alike. Pet heatstroke occurs when an animal's body loses the ability to regulate its core temperature. If this happens to your pet, his core temperature may exceed 105 degrees -- a dangerous situation that can lead to death. This scenario can occur within minutes for a pet sitting in a closed vehicle, even if the windows are cracked. But it can also occur anytime a pet is exposed to extreme heat without the benefit of cool drinking water or proper shade. The hallmark sign of heatstroke include:
- Reddened gums
- Obsessive panting
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Disorientation or loss of physical control
- Fainting or seizures
- Bloody vomiting or diarrhea
- Inability to urinate
Pet dehydration can certainly be associated with heatstroke -- but it can have numerous other causes as well. For instance, digestive parasites such as hookworm can cause diarrhea that leads to rapid dehydration. On the more subtle end of the scale, your pet may simply not be drinking enough water. Cats, in particular, may be oddly slow to address their fluid loss by drinking water. Fatigue, depression, panting, and loss of skin elasticity are common symptoms to watch for.
Critical Care From Your Waldorf Veterinarian
Any veterinarian on our Waldorf team can help you save your pet from the hazards of heatstroke or dehydration. Your first step is to call our facility for any immediate first-aid instructions you might require. Then bring your pet to our veterinary center so that we can confirm the diagnosis and work to rescue your pet. We can replace fluids intravenously, administer drugs to reduce core temperature, and treat any underlying illnesses that might be causing your pet's dehydration.
Worried About Pet Dehydration or Heatstroke? Call Us Immediately
You're right to be concerned about the effects of pet dehydration or heatstroke -- so don't waste a second if you think your pet is suffering from either condition. Call our Waldorf clinic immediately at (301) 705-9700 so we can get started on providing the necessary emergency care!