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How Acupuncture Can Help Prevent Heat Stress in Your Pet

As the temperatures rise, it’s crucial to ensure that our furry friends stay cool and comfortable. Heat stress can pose a significant risk to pets, leading to severe health issues if not managed properly. While there are various ways to keep pets cool and comfortable during the summer, one effective and holistic approach is acupuncture. 



At Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture, we believe in the comprehensive well-being of your pets, and that includes protecting them from the dangers of heat stress. 


In this blog, we’ll explore how acupuncture can help your pets beat the heat and stay healthy all season long.


Understanding Heat Stress in Pets

Heat stress occurs when pets are exposed to high temperatures, leading to their bodies struggling to regulate their internal heat. This can be particularly dangerous for pets, as they do not sweat like humans do. Instead, they rely on panting and limited sweat glands in their paws to cool down. 


Common symptoms of heat stress in pets include:


  • Excessive panting

  • Drooling

  • Lethargy

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Vomiting

  • Collapse



Preventative Measures for Heat Safety

Keeping pets cool during hot weather involves several preventative measures. 


  • Access to Water: Ensure they always have access to fresh, cool water and provide shaded areas where they can escape the sun. 

  • Avoid Afternoon Walks: Avoid walking pets during the peak heat of the day; early morning or late evening walks are safer. 

  • No Parked Vehicles: Never leave pets in parked cars, as temperatures can rise dramatically in a matter of minutes.



How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture, an ancient practice originating from traditional Chinese medicine, involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate healing and improve overall health. 


For pets, acupuncture can be a powerful tool in preventing heat stress.


  • Improving Circulation and Hydration: Improved circulation helps regulate body temperature more efficiently, preventing the onset of heat stress. Additionally, acupuncture can stimulate the body's natural mechanisms to retain and distribute fluids better, helping to keep pets hydrated.

  • Reducing Anxiety and Stress: Acupuncture has been shown to have calming effects, reducing stress and promoting relaxation. A relaxed pet is better able to cope with high temperatures, minimizing the risk of heat-induced health issues.


Additional Tips for Pet Owners

It is essential to watch for signs of heat stress in pets. If your pet exhibits excessive panting, drooling, or lethargy, take immediate action to cool them down. 


Move them to a shaded area, offer water, and use cool (not cold) water to lower their body temperature. If symptoms persist, seek veterinary care immediately.


Seek Proactive Measures to Beat the Heat this Summer

Proactive measures are vital in keeping pets safe and healthy during hot weather. Acupuncture offers a holistic, effective approach to preventing heat stress, enhancing your pet’s overall well-being. 



At Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture, we are dedicated to providing the best care for your pets, helping them stay cool and comfortable all summer long. 

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