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Learn About the Dangers of Pet Heat Stroke & Exhaustion from our Madisonville Veterinarian

Louisiana weather offers many great opportunities to spend time outdoors with pets, but it does come with some risks. At Tchefuncte Animal Hospital in Madisonville, our vet staff wants every local pet owner to understand just how dangerous pet heat stroke and exhaustion in Madisonville can be for your beloved animal companion.

Woman running with her dog during summer.

The Difference between Heat Stroke & Heat Exhaustion

When cats and dogs are exposed to excessive heat, they may struggle to maintain their internal body temperature.

  • Heat exhaustion occurs when a pet's body temperature rises to around 103 degrees. Heat exhaustion can quickly progress into heat stroke if left untreated. 
  • Heat stroke is also known as hyperthermia, heat stroke occurs once a pet's body temperature rises to dangerously high levels (106 degrees and up). At this point, multi-system organ failure, coma, and death can occur. 

You can avoid exposing your animal to these dangerous conditions by 1) NEVER leaving your animal alone in a parked car, 2) always giving your pet access to shade, cool indoor spaces, and water, 3) avoid exercising with your dog during the hottest times of the day, and 4) leaving your pet indoors on extremely hot days.

Signs of Pet Heat Stroke & Heat Exhaustion in Animals

Madisonville pet heat stroke & exhaustion tend to come with classic signs and symptoms, so bring in your animal to our pet heat stroke & exhaustion veterinarian team if you notice these signs after your pet's been hot weather:

  • Behavioral changes (your pet may seem "out of it" and less responsive to you)
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Excessive panting and drooling
  • Gums or tongue appears bright red or blue
  • Incoordination and ataxia
  • Lethargy
  • Shock
  • Collapse and loss of consciousness 
  • Convulsions and seizures
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Any animal is at risk, but certain animals and breeds (including ones who are sick, old, overweight, or have thick coats) may be more likely to develop these signs.

How Our Madisonville Veterinarian Manages Heat-Related Complications

When you bring your pet to a vet in Madisonville, our staff will get to work right away. We'll run lab tests, blood work, and urinalysis to assess damage to your pet's organs, and then treat these as necessary. The goal of treatment (which can include IV fluids and supplemental oxygen) is to regulate your pet's body temperature and address any remaining health conditions or correctable risk factors.

Is Your Pet Showing Signs of Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke? Contact Tchefuncte Animal Hospital in Madisonville Immediately

If you have any concerns about your pet's health in the warm weather, contact our veterinarian in Madisonville, LA right away by calling 985-845-7484.

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