Tips On Helping Your Pet Avoid Dehydration and Heatstroke
As the summer temperatures settle in here around Wichita and Derby our veterinarians tend to see a growing number of pet dehydration and pet heatstroke cases here at El Paso Animal Hospital. Both of these conditions are potentially life-threatening and yet they can be easily avoided. So as the temperature increases here is what you need to know about avoiding both pet heatstroke and dehydration.
Bring Them Inside
Keep your pet out of the sun. If they have to be outside make sure they have shelter and shade. Being in the shade alone will help drop the temperature by a considerable amount. Also, never leave your pet outside in a vehicle. Even mild days with the windows rolled down a bit, it’s still a bad idea to leave your pet in the car.
Plenty of Water
Your pet dehydrates because they don't have enough water. Make sure the water bowl is full and readily available. If you're traveling with them always have water on hand, including when you take them for a walk. There are some great portable dog water dishes you can pick up for a few dollars.
Test The Pavement
While you know what temperature it is by looking at the thermostat (or your phone), you won't know the temperature of the pavement. The best way to figure this out is to place your hand, palm down, onto the pavement. If you can't hold your hand there for more than a few seconds it is too hot for your pet to walk on.
Now, there are some booties that you can purchase for your pet, but even these are not a great idea. This is because a dog’s paws help control their body temperature by releasing heat at the bottom of the paws. So, if the paws are tied inside of a little booties it may protect them from burning their feet, but it will cause them to overheat as they are unable to regulate their body heat properly. Realistically, you need to avoid walking your pet when the pavement is hot and, instead, focus on walking your pet either early in the morning or at night after the sun has gone down and the pavement has cooled. Either way, always test the pavement first.
Schedule Your Appointment With a Veterinarian Today
From emergencies to routine visits, our staff at El Paso Animal Hospital is here to help your pet live their healthiest, most fulfilling life. Whether you live in Wichita, Derby, or the surrounding communities, we are here to help. By following these tips you'll avoid pet dehydration and heatstroke, but if you have other health concerns or you believe your pet is suffering from a heat-related illness, make sure to bring your pet in to see us as soon as possible. Call us today at (316) 788-1000 to schedule an appointment.