Essential Tips to Safeguard Your Senior Pet from Heatstroke

During the hottest part of the summer, the weather can get so hot that it can be dangerous for your senior furry companion. Follow these tips to keep your pet from getting heatstroke.

#1: Monitor the weather

By keeping a close eye on the weather and humidity, you can take your pet outside during the coolest part of the day. In general, the best time to work out is early in the morning, before the sun and heat have a chance to rise. The rest of the day, you should only take short bathroom breaks and save active things for inside.

#2: Encourage your pet to drink

Some pets become so distracted by and engaged in outdoor adventures, they forget to drink as much as they should. Encourage your pet to increase their water intake by tossing ice cubes in their water bowl, purchasing a pet drinking fountain, or simply refreshing their water frequently with cool, clean liquid.

#3: Seek the shade

Find some shade when you’re outside with your pet or taking a walk around the block to keep from overheating and getting burnt paws. Even though your pet’s paw pads look like they can’t be hurt, they are sensitive and can easily burn if they walk on a very hot surface.

#4: Use extra care for pets with certain conditions

Certain health issues or characteristics can increase your pet’s risk of heatstroke. If your furry pal falls into any of the following categories, take extra precautions to prevent overheating:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Very young or very old
  • Dark- or thick-furred
  • Cardiac disease
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Endocrine imbalances

#5: Know the warning signs of impending heatstroke

To prevent heat stress or heat exhaustion from developing into full-blown heatstroke, which can cause organ failure, learn what warning signs to watch for in your pet. Early signs that indicate your pet is overheating include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Thick, ropey drool
  • Lethargy
  • Disorientation

Your pet may experience vomiting, diarrhea, sudden collapsing, or seizures if they are left to continue overheating without treatment.

If your senior pup shows signs of heatstroke, cool them off, then contact your veterinary team for further treatment.