Heat Stroke & Dehydration

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Heat Stroke & Dehydration

With climate change affecting the environment, higher temperatures are becoming more frequent. As temperatures rise each year, our emergency vet at Urgent Care Pet Clinic in San Diego is ready to help pets suffering from heatstroke and dehydration.


Causes of Pet Heatstroke

Just like humans, our furry friends need protection from overheating and dehydration. When your pet is subjected to excessive heat, they can experience heatstroke. Here are some important considerations to keep your pet safe:

•             Monitor Temperature: Be aware of the temperature before allowing your pet outside or taking them for a walk. Excessive heat raises an animal's body temperature, causing them to overheat.

•             Humidity Levels: High humidity also contributes to overheating and heatstroke.

•             Adequate Ventilation: Pets need adequate ventilation to prevent their bodies from overheating.

•             Shaded Areas: Pets that stay outdoors must have access to shaded areas to keep their body temperatures cool.

•             Sufficient Water: Ensure your pet has access to adequate water. If you take your pet for a walk, always bring fresh water along.

Signs of Heatstroke and Dehydration

Recognizing the signs of heatstroke and dehydration is crucial to taking swift action. Here are some symptoms to watch for:


- Confusion and disorientation

  • Diarrhea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irritated skin
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive panting
  • Vomiting


  • Collapses
  • Drooling
  • Excessive drinking of water
  • Unconsciousness
  • Red gums
  • Seizures

Heatstroke Care

To prevent your pet from becoming lethargic and exhibiting signs of distress, it is vital for their health and safety to keep them hydrated and shielded from intense heat and UV rays. Here are some preventive measures:

  • Keep your pet indoors during peak heat hours.
  • Provide plenty of water and shaded areas if your pet must be outside.
  • Avoid rigorous exercise during hot weather.

Emergency Care

Despite your best efforts, there may be times when your pet needs emergency veterinary care. Our team at Urgent Care Pet Clinic is here to help. Emergencies can be frightening for both pets and pet parents, but rest assured that we have a state-of-the-art facility staffed by an emergency vet and a well-qualified team.

Contact Our Veterinarian Near You for Heatstroke Care

When faced with an emergency, count on our team in San Diego at Urgent Care Pet Clinic. We are here to help get your pet through difficult times. If your pet is experiencing an emergency, call us for assistance so we can assess the situation and advise on the next steps. For urgent cases, come to our clinic immediately. We accept walk-ins and are open from 5 PM until 11 PM, Monday through Saturday.

By following these guidelines and knowing where to seek help, you can ensure that your pet stays safe and healthy, even in extreme temperatures. Remember, prevention and early intervention are key to protecting your pet from the dangers of heatstroke and dehydration.

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8915 Towne Centre Dr Suite 110,
San Diego, CA 92122

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Phone: (858)-379-6550 
Email: [email protected]


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Sunday: Closed

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