Alert! Heat Stress can lead to death.

Please read about heat stress and heat stroke.

In hot and humid weather conditions a pet can over heat and suffer a heat stroke in a very short amount of time. Dogs cannot sweat, thus they cool themselves through panting.  In extreme heat or if the pet is dehydrated, their panting becomes inefficient.  Remember that even on cooler days, high humidity can cause your pet to overheat.  Symptoms of a heat stroke are vigorous panting, laying on their side, unable to stand, and possibly frothy foam around the mouth.  However, some pets become severely agitated and some show signs of shock.  Cooling down your pet should be done immediately with tap water.  Ice or cold water is not recommended.  Since a heat stroke affects nearly every system in the body, simply cooling your pet will not address all the potential harmful effects to your pet.  Here are a few simple tips to keep your pet safe from heat. If outdoors, always make sure your pet has access to water and shade.  Avoid long periods of outdoor play.  Don't depend on your pet to let you know when he has had enough play time. A pet can quickly overheat in a parked car, even with the windows down.  Please seek treatment from a veterinarian immediately if you think your pet has overheated. Call us at 281-856-7023 if you have any questions.  We have seen 2 heat related deaths this year, and both were preventable.A heat stroke can cause irreversible brain damage and even death. An animal cannot sweat, thus they cool themselves through panting. In extreme heat or if the pet is dehydrated, their panting becomes inefficient. If you feel your pet might be having a heat stroke, you should seek emergency help from a veterinarian immediately. Remember that even on cooler days, high humidity can cause your pet to overheat. Symptoms of a heat stroke are vigorous panting, laying on their side unable to stand, and possibly frothy foam around the mouth. However, some pets become severely agitated and some show signs of shock. Cooling down your pet should be done immediately with tap water. Ice or cold water is not recommended. Since a heat stroke affects nearly every system in the body, simply cooling your pet will not address all the potential harmful effects to your pet. Please seek treatment from a veterinarian immediately. Call us at 281-856-7023.

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