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Preventing Heatstroke in Pets

Being outside with your pet is something pet owners love. Whether it is taking a long walk or getting some exercise in the yard, enjoying the warm weather is popular with pets and owners alike. But, you need to be sure that your pet does not get too much of a good thing.

A heatstroke is a severe form of hyperthermia where the body temperature rises above 105 degrees. Ultimately it can lead to death if it is not addressed quickly. Heatstroke prevention is an important part of pet care in hot weather. Our team at Ferreira Animal Hospital in Miami provides the loving care you should expect for your furry family members. Our veterinarian provides complete veterinary care for all your pet’s needs.

The Symptoms of Heatstroke

In the hot weather, you need to be very observant of your pet's reaction to the heat. If you notice any of the following symptoms, please contact our veterinarians as soon as possible:

  • excessive panting
  • your pet feels warm to the touch
  • rapid heartbeat
  • drooling excessively
  • a dry nose
  • listless and unresponsive
  • vomiting
  • tremors or seizures

Your pet may require urgent medical attention to avoid coma and death.

Heatstroke Prevention

Provide Water

Keeping your pet hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your furry friends in the heat of the day. Always have a bowl of water available. Make sure that it is heavy enough that it cannot be kicked over and leave your pet without a way to rehydrate.


If your pet must be outdoors in the heat of the day, it needs to have some shade. If you do not have trees in your outdoor space, you need to provide shade in some other way.

Avoid the Hottest Time of the Day

Keep your pets indoors where it is cool during the hottest times of the day. Get out and exercise early in the morning or in the evening whenever possible.

Contact Our Veterinarian in Miami, FL

If you are looking for a full-service animal hospital, our team at Ferreira Animal Hospital will provide all of the loving care that you and your pets deserve. Call us today at (786) 275-4629 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ferreira.