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How To Handle Your Dog's Emergency Heat Stress
Both obesity and advancing
years reduce a dog's tolerance to extremes of heat. The brachycephalic
breeds (those with the pushed-in face) are particularly susceptible,
due to their normal respiratory difficulties. It is through respiration
that the majority of your dog's excess body heat is eliminated.
you and I get overheated, we breathe rapidly and perspire all over our
bodies. Because of their hair coats, dogs are unable significantly to
perspire through their skins, although a small amount does occur
through the underside of the paws. For all practical purposes, excess
body heat must be removed by rapid respiration.
The dog left inside a car
in the sun, leashed to a post outside the supermarket, or held in a pen
when there are other dogs nearby to excite it, is a prime candidate for
this life-threatening emergency.
Symptoms range from panting
with a hot
dry tongue, bright red mucous membranes in the mouth, rapid heartbeat,
and a hot, dry skin, to a dazed look, inability to stand,
unconsciousness, and death. The body temperature may be between 106°
and 110°F (41.1 °-43.3 °C). The chance of death increases in direct
proportion to the length of time the body temperature remains that
high. This is a true emergency.
In the event
travel time will be prolonged, she may advise you to start emergency
treatment at home, under her telephone direction, and then bring your
dog to the clinic. But suppose you cannot reach her by phone - you're
camping out miles from a telephone, or she is on vacation and the
nearest veterinarian is in another town at a considerable distance. You
must take action at once!
the skin all over the body and flex and extend the legs one at a time.
This will stimulate the flow of the cooled blood back to the heart,
through the internal parts of the body and to the heat sensitive brain.
If you have a rectal
thermometer handy, check the temperature every
seven to ten minutes until it reads 103 °F (39.4 °C). Do not cool below
that point. The dog should then be removed from the water and the
temperature checked with the same frequency for at least three-quarters
of an hour, to be sure it doesn't start to go up again.
Once the temperature has remained stable for that period of time, take your dog as quickly as possible to a veterinarian somewhere. There are important medications which should be given to prevent the many serious complications which can follow heat stress.
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