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Tips for Heat Stroke Prevention

Heat Stroke in Animals: Pet Tips to Prevent Your Dog or Cat from Overheating

Heat stroke can be as devastating to pets as it is to humans. Unfortunately, it is even harder to detect in pets, as they cannot communicate their discomfort. However, there are signs and symptoms that pet owners can look for as warnings that a pet is overheating.

Pet Symptoms of Heat Stroke 

Your Del Mar veterinarian brings you pet tips to assist with avoiding heat stroke. We can help with seeing the risk factors that indicate overheating and also provide treatment should your pet fall victim to heat toxicity, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The signs and symptoms of high heat stroke risk include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Redness in the gums, skin and membranes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Thick, ropy drooling
  • Lethary/weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting/collapse

Causes of Heat Stroke


Untreated, heat stroke can lead to organ failure and even death. Its symptoms and warning signs should be regarded as very serious. Heat stroke in pets can be caused by:

  • Excessive walking or playing in hot weather
  • Not enough clean, cold water to drink
  • Pet is left in a closed car unattended
  • An excess of sun exposure


Pets that are exhibiting signs of heat stroke should be brought immediately into air conditioning to rest and cool off. They should be provided with water to drink, and wetting them down can help lower their body temperature.

Tips For Your Pet

If symptoms continue, do not hesitate to bring them in for treatment. The following pet tips can help with avoiding heat injury:

  • Minimize walking and playing outdoors when temperatures are high
  • Provide a wading pool in the yard
  • Keep their water dish filled with cool, fresh water
  • Don’t leave pets unattended in a car

Contact Your Del Mar Veterinarians at All Creatures Hospital Today!


Your Del Mar veterinarians at All Creatures Hospital bring a full suite of professional veterinary services to the Del Mar area. The entire staff is dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. We offer both emergency and routine pet care to help restore and maintain your pet’s health. Call us today if you require additional pet tips about heat stroke or to book an appointment.

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