Pet Dehydration and Heatstroke Care With Our Veterinary Team In Cambridge, Ontario
Pet dehydration is a serious condition that requires medical intervention. If you believe your dog or cat is displaying signs of pet heatstroke, contact Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Waterloo Region in Cambridge, ON, to meet with our veterinarian for treatment immediately. Here is some information pertaining to caring for your pet in hot weather and how our vet can help if trouble arises.
Protecting Your Pet from the Heat
Whenever it is expected to be hot, it is best to get to your pet to a cooled area. Do not allow your pet to over-exert themselves with exercising or other activity, but instead encourage your pet to rest until the heat spell ceases. Keep your dog or cat inside where air conditioning is present or where a fan is available to circulate the area. Make sure your pet has an ample supply of water available so it can cool off when needed. If there is no way to get to an indoor area, bring your pet to a shaded spot so it is not in direct sunlight where the temperature will be even hotter. Make sure to have a water source available outdoors as well.
What to Do If Your Pet Was Exposed To Excessive Heat
Cooling your pet quickly is necessary if you discover it has been in an area where excessive heat was present. Use a garden hose to sprinkle your pet with cooled water. Do not put the hose on full stream, but rather keep it on a mist setting. Provide cool water for your pet to drink right away. A fan can be used to cool your pet if needed. Make sure your pet is dry before exposing it to air conditioning. Contact our veterinarian to let them know if your pet is showing signs of lethargy, unresponsiveness, or dizziness as these are symptoms that indicate pet dehydration may be a condition your dog or cat is dealing with. Our vet will instruct you further on how to care for your pet until it is seen by our practitioner.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help
Call our practice to alert our staff members if you intend on bringing your dog or cat to our facility for emergency services. This way they will be prepared to take your pet to be seen by our veterinarian immediately upon your arrival. Our vet will conduct a full evaluation of your pet and may need to use an IV to replenish fluids.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Call Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Waterloo Region in Cambridge if your dog or cat is suffering from pet dehydration or pet heatstroke. Contact our office at (519) 650-1617 for further instructions or to make an appointment.