White Oaks Veterinary Clinic Educates Pet Owners on Dangers of Heat Stroke in Pets

EDMOND, Okla., April 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pet owners need to know that pets suffering from heat stroke can sustain serious complications including death, reports White Oaks Veterinary Clinic. Pet owners may not be able to save their pet from the complications of serious heat stroke, a common pet emergency as temperatures rise or animals are left in an unattended vehicle. This condition can be prevented as pet owners become aware of how high temperatures affect the internal health of an animal. Education about heat stroke can prevent death and other serious consequences in pets.

Recently, a local dog became a victim of heat stroke after being left in a car. While temperatures were only in the 70s, his body temperature had exceeded 110 degrees by the time he was brought in for treatment at White Oaks Veterinary Clinic. High temperatures essentially melted the dog’s brain and blood; the dog died despite aggressive treatment. Heat stroke is a condition that every pet owner can avoid. Pets depend upon their owners to safeguard them from this condition. Adhere to the following tips and watch for these symptoms of heat stroke. Pets should not be left in cars during warm days. Exercise a pet during the cooler part of the day to reduce exposure to high temperatures. Symptoms of heat stroke include rapid breathing and staggering or loud panting. Bring the pet to a shady, ventilated area quickly. Reduce their body temperature by sponging them down with cool water. If symptoms persist, seek professional treatment. There are a range of signs pet owners should be aware of to determine if their pet requires emergency pet care. Immediate treatment may be necessary for injuries due to heatstroke, accidents, falls, household poisoning and choking.

“All pet owners should learn more about heat stroke and how to avoid exposing pets to high temperatures,” said Dr. Jennifer Bianchi. “As an experienced veterinarian, I can say that timely treatment may help to reduce the consequences related to heat stroke but the best path for pets and pet owners to take is prevention. The common condition is completely avoidable and pet owners can treat signs of heat stroke and dehydration early on when they recognize the signs. Pets can die from heat stroke when owners delay treatment.”

Dr. Jennifer Bianchi is a veterinarian at White Oaks Veterinary Clinic, serving owners and their pets in Edmond, Seward, Piedmont, Bethany, Meridian, Jones, Choctaw and the surrounding communities since 1997. White Oaks Veterinary Clinic veterinarians and staff focus on providing compassionate veterinary treatment paired with the latest technology and methods. This Edmond animal hospital offers certified acupuncture, spay and neuter services and equine vet services as part of their comprehensive care options.

Call (405) 330-0676 to learn more about heat stroke and animal emergency care or to make an appointment. More information can be found by visiting their website at http://www.whiteoaksvet.com/.

White Oaks Veterinarian Clinic, (405) 330-0676

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