Treating Heat Stroke at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas
Heat stroke, also called hyperthermia, occurs when a pet's body temperature increases beyond what is safe for the pet, usually between 104 and 106 degrees. If you suspect heat stroke in your pet, it is important to bring him or her in for treatment with our veterinarian at Gentle Animal Hospital in Las Vegas.
Heat Stroke Basics
Heat stroke occurs any time your pet’s body cannot adequately cool itself due to outside or external conditions that are too hot.
- Moderate Heat Stroke – Body temperature between 104 and 106 degrees
- Severe Heat Stroke – Body temperature above 106
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
It is important to know the symptoms of heat stroke so that you can act quickly by moving your pet to a cooler location and giving him or her cool water, but not ice water, to help lower your dog or cat’s body temperature. If symptoms are severe, you should bring your pet into our veterinary hospital for a pet exam.
- An Increase in Heart Rate
- Black Feces or Blood in the Stool
- Collapsing and/or Unconsciousness
- Difficulty Breathing
- Excessive Panting
- Extremely Red or Bright Red Gums
- Muscle Spasms or Tremors
- Muscle Weakness
- Sudden Onset of Seizures
- Thick or Sticky Drool
- Vomiting, Sometimes with Blood
Avoiding Heat Stroke in Pets with Help from Our Veterinarian near Las Vegas
Our veterinarian near Las Vegas would like to help you keep your pets safe this summer by preventing heat stroke. When you take your pet outside, make sure he or she has plenty of shade and water and never leave your pet in your car alone for any amount of time.
If you have an indoor pet, keep the curtains closed during the hottest part of the day and make sure your air conditioner is on or that your home has plenty of ventilation. Hot stuffy rooms can cause heat stroke in pets. To help keep your pet’s water cool, you can add one or two ice cubes.
During the hotter months, brush your pet regularly to prevent loose hair and mats that can cause your pet to overheat faster. If you have a long-haired dog or cat, you should keep his or her fur trimmed, but do not cut it too short. Your pet’s fur provides insulation against heat and cold. If you are unsure how short to trim your pet’s hair, our veterinarian can recommend the appropriate length.
Treatment for Heat Stroke at Our Emergency Animal Hospital
If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, it is critical that you bring your pet to our emergency animal hospital for treatment. Lowering your pet’s body temperature too fast can lead to additional complications. Our veterinarian can provide safe ways to lower your pet’s temperature, including IV fluids, oxygen, and monitoring to help ensure the best possible outcome.