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Heatstroke and Dehydration

A pet can easily develop heatstroke and dehydration when the weather is hot. These two conditions may cause adverse effects on pets if not treated promptly. Does your pet show signs of heatstroke and dehydration? Bring them to East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Diamond Bar, CA. We offer prompt treatment for these conditions to save the life of your pet. Heatstroke and dehydration can result in permanent damage to your pet’s organs and even death. That’s why we encourage pet owners to always observe their pets closely when the weather is hot.

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Signs of Heatstroke and Dehydration

There are some signs to watch for in your pet when they have heatstroke and dehydration. These symptoms usually progress very quickly and can lead to more severe conditions.

Some of the most common warning signs include:

  • Excessive drooling and panting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • High body temperature
  • Change in the color of the gums
  • Collapsing
  • Body weakness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Dry eyes and nose
  • Sunken eyes
  • Loss of appetite

What to Do When Your Pet Is Suffering from Heatstroke or Dehydration

There are some things you should do immediately if you fear your animal is suffering from heatstroke or dehydration. These include:

  • Move the pet to an area with shade
  • Pour some cool water on them, but avoid cold water
  • Help the pet drink some water

Even after doing the above, you will still need to take your pet to an animal hospital for treatment. 

How to Prevent Dehydration and Heatstroke

Preventing a disease is always better than trying to fix it. Tips for avoiding dehydration and heatstroke during the hot months include:

  • Keeping your pet indoors as much as possible
  • Using air conditioning to keep your pet cool
  • Make sure your pet drinks plenty of water, especially after being outside
  • Not letting your pet exercise too much
  • Not leaving your pet in the car if there is no ventilation

Some pets are more susceptible to these conditions, so you might want to be more careful with them. These include:

  • Very young or very old pets
  • Overweight or obese dogs
  • Pets with respiratory illnesses
  • Extremely active pets
  • Pets with cardiovascular problems


Heatstroke is considered a pet care medical emergency. Most pets will recover if taken to the animal hospital immediately. However, heatstroke may cause permanent organ damage, especially if it persists for long and the pet does not receive emergency pet care promptly. 

Visit East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Diamond Bar, CA, for Heatstroke and Dehydration Treatment

Call East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic today at (909) 861-5737 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.


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    I love coming to work everyday! Ever since I started working here at East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic I have been reading and learning as much as I can about pet health and well being. Now my pets and I are living a healthier life and can pass my knowledge and experience to other families so they too can discover wellness!

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