Signs Your Pet Has Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is not only for humans. When the weather grows warm this summer, keep an eye on your pets. If you see any of these four signs, your pet may be suffering from heat exhaustion.

1. Sunken Eyes

Sunken eyes may indicate dehydration or heat exhaustion. If your pet’s eyes begin to look sunken, provide water and shade. Then keep an eye on your pet for any further signs of trouble.

2. Hot, Dry Nose

If your pet’s nose feels overly warm and dry, it could be a sign of overheating. Provide fresh water immediately. If your pet is acting lethargic or uncomfortable, consider taking it to the vet as soon as possible.

3. Excessive Panting

Some panting may be normal during hot weather, especially for dogs. If your pet seems to be panting excessively or breathing very rapidly, however, it could be a sign of serious heat exhaustion.

4. Vomiting and Diarrhea

When heat exhaustion becomes severe, your pet may begin to shake, vomit and experience diarrhea. If this happens, you need to get help as soon as possible. Move your pet to a cool location and wet its fur with lukewarm water, then get to an emergency veterinarian as quickly as you can.

Summer can be a fun time for humans and pets alike, but hot weather also carries some risks. Are you concerned about your pet’s health? Visit this website to find a veterinarian in San Jose.


About Nancy Rivera

Nancy has a deep love of animals and talks and writes about them regularly. She is a huge animal rights advocate.
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