Heat Exhaustion

A pet's normal body temperature is about 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat exhaustion, sometimes commonly referred to as heat stroke, is when your pet's body temperature goes above that normal range. 


Unlike us humans who cool off by sweating through our sweat glands, dogs and cats typically don't have as many sweat glands as we do, making it much harder for them to cool themselves when they are hot. Your pet's main way of cooling off is mostly through panting! Because of this, it's vital you pay attention to your pet, especially during the hot seasons when it's even easier for them to overheat!

View the video here to watch our Animal Care Manager, Camala Siebeneicher, speak to KSEE24 NEWS about how to keep your pets safe during a heat wave.

Beat the Heat

This campaign aims to inform and educate pet owners on ways to keep their pets hydrated and safe during the hot seasons. During the summer seasons, the Central Valley witnesses several heat waves and our dry and hot weather can pose dangerous threats to our animals and their owners. Valley Animal Center is here to provide impactful information and services to pet owners in order for owners to become better informed on ways to keep their pets healthy and safe. If you support what we do, you may donate, follow us on our social media, or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on how you can support us.

Valley Animal Center

Located in Fresno, CA, Valley Animal Center serves the locale regions of the Central Valley. Upon entering our shelter, cats are tested for Feline AIDS and Feline Leukemia. Both dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, and administered any additional medical care as needed. Even those once considered un-adoptable due to their medical conditions or disabilities have been rehabilitated and ultimately adopted into loving families. With the mission of uniting every cat and dog with a loving home, we utilize the resources, donations, and support from our community to fulfilling that mission.