Just like humans, pets get hot. The difference is, pets can't tell us the heat has gotten to them. As their owners, we need to take special care to ensure they don't get so hot that they overheat. Additionally, the more fur animals have, the more prone they are to overheating.
If you're in the Northwood, NH, area and need assistance with an overheated pet, we at Northwood Veterinary Hospital are here to help with pet care from a “veterinarian near me.” Read on for more information about overheating in pets.
Signs of Overheating in Pets
If not treated in a timely manner, overheating can lead to brain damage, organ failure, and even death. It's important to be aware of the signs of overheating in our pets. They include:
● Not wanting to exercise or play
● Dry, red gums
● Rapid pulse or heartbeat
If you notice your pet has been panting for an extended period and he hasn't been exercising, this is a good sign that he is unwell. Older pets and those that are overweight are more prone to overheating so special care should be taken with these types of pets.
Causes of Overheating in Pets
While you may think you're doing the right thing by getting your pet outside in the fresh air to exercise, sometimes it's better to keep him in. When the temperature is especially high and the sun is at its hottest, it's okay to keep him in the house. It might also be important to check the pavement. Another cause of overheating is lack of fresh water.
How to Prevent and Treat Overheating in Pets
The easiest way to prevent overheating is to keep pets cool on hot days. Never leave them in a car or unattended outside for long periods of time when it's hot out. Make sure your pet has access to water. If your pet is showing signs of overheating, place cool towels on him, bring him into an air-conditioned room, or put a fan in front of him. If your pet is not recovering, it may be a good idea to bring him to our animal hospital.
Get Pet Care from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital
If your pet is showing signs of overheating or any other issues, we at Northwood Veterinary Hospital in Northwood, NH, can help. Call us at (603) 942-8368 for pet care from a “veterinarian near me” at our animal hospital.