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Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats: Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Heat Stroke in Dogs & Cats: Prevent Your Pet from Overheating

Whether it’s a trip to the dog park or protecting their backyard, pets always wear a smile when they’re outside. As parents to our four-legged best friends, it’s our job to keep them safe, which means being mindful of the potential for heat stroke. At Ferreira Animal Hospital of Miami, your animals’ health is a top priority. Read on to find out our top pet tips for regarding heat stroke in cats and dogs.

The Signs

Heat stroke occurs in animals whose body temperature has risen above the normal range of 99.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms come on quickly, becoming life-threatening in a matter of moments. Therefore, it is critical that pet owners recognize the signs, taking action immediately. Signs include heavy panting, loud breathing, a bright red tongue, thick/sticky saliva, disorientation, vomiting, diarrhea, and sluggishness. In extreme cases, your pet may collapse or enter into a coma.


If your pet is exhibiting any of the signs of heat stroke, get them to a veterinarian immediately. En route to the vet, try offering him cold water or electrolyte fluids. Cool his body temperature down by placing cold rags on his stomach, underarms, feet, and head. Once cooled down, your vet with administering fluids and medication.


Fortunately, avoiding such an occurrence is fairly simple. Provide access to water and shade whenever at all time. Limit outdoor activities between 11 am and 3 pm, as these are the hottest hours of the day. Never leave your animal unattended in the heat, particularly in a vehicle, where temperatures reach the extreme, even with cracked windows.

Additionally, there are a number of conditions that make your pet more susceptible:

  • Flat-faced
  • Dark, thick coats
  • Under 6 months old
  • Seniors
  • History of seizures and/or muscle spasms, heart disease, or infection
  • Overweight

Contact Your Miami Veterinarian Today!

From reptiles to mammals, the veterinarians at Ferreira Animal Hospital of Miami offer a full line of services to ensure your pets are healthy. For more pet tips or to schedule an appointment, call (786) 275-4629 or contact us.