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Few things are more terrifying than seeing your beloved pet collapse with the symptoms of acute dehydration or heatstroke. These conditions are often closely linked in the summertime, when the sun is broiling the landscape and your pet lacks sufficient water and shade to withstand the heat. That's why you need to know that you'll find emergency treatment for pet dehydration and heatstroke here at Callfield Animal Clinic in Wichita Falls, TX.
Dehydration and pet heatstroke share some common causes and symptoms. Pet dehydration is a dangerous condition in which your pet's body doesn't contain enough water to make up the usual 90 percent of his physical structure. Once your pet's water stores start running more than 10 percent lower than the norm, he may start showing the classic signs of dangerous dehydration. Look for sticky gums, changes in urinary habits or urine color, a sunken appearance to the eyes, and panting. More serious dehydration can lead to loss of consciousness and death.
While dehydration may be caused by severe diarrhea, vomiting, and other internal ailments, it also figures prominently in heatstroke. Heatstroke occurs when your pet's body loses the ability to keep its internal temperature under a safe level (usually considered to be 103 degrees Fahrenheit). In addition to panting, gum abnormalities and urinary changes, pets with heatstroke may become dizzy, disoriented, or unconscious. Rapid heartbeat and breathing problems may also occur. Without immediate care, pet heatstroke can lead to organ failure and death.
Whether your pet is dehydrated from an illness or seems to be succumbing to heatstroke, your first step is to call Callfield Companion Animal Clinic immediately. Any veterinarian at our clinic can advise you on first aid strategies such as wrapping a heart-stricken pet in cool, damp towels. Bring your pet to our clinic for prompt emergency treatment to restore his water levels and/or lower his body temperature. We can administer intravenous hydration and other techniques that could make all the difference in saving your pet's life.
You can also take steps to prevent pet heatstroke. Set up a shelter so your pet can always get relief from the direct glare of the sun. Keep the outdoor water bowl full of cool or lukewarm water at all times. Most important of all, never leave your pet in a hot car.
Don't hesitate to contact our Callfield Companion Animal Clinic in Wichita Falls, TX if you think your pet may have dehydration or heatstroke at (940) 692-7000 !