🔥How To Prevent And Solve Heat Stroke in Dogs



during the warmer months of the years
dogs and cats may be susceptible to heat
stroke certain breeds being especially
vulnerable heat stroke occurs when a dog
or cat's internal regulatory mechanisms
cannot maintain a normal core
temperature of 101 to 102 degrees
Fahrenheit when the animal's core
temperature rises above 105 degrees all
body systems begin failing rapidly this
situation is truly an emergency and
requires a pet owners quick intervention
to expedite cooling and prevent
permanent organ damage or death
heatstroke can occur in all pets
especially brachycephalic or pug nose
breeds and long-haired animals being
especially vulnerable obese and elderly
animals are also more prone to
overheating
- minute E allows heat to transfer
through the skin more easily leaving a
pet in an unventilated automobile is a
very common cause of heat stroke the
temperature inside a closed car will
reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes on a
sunny 85 degree day in 30 minutes the
car will reach 120 degrees or more
inside an animal suffering from
heatstroke may be standing listless or
lying on its side unresponsive
it will be hyperventilating or very
rapidly panting and have thick ropey
saliva hanging from the tongue and mouth
the gum tissue and lips will however be
tacky and dry the gum color will be
blood red early in heat stroke and turn
gray blue as shock sets in seizures
occur as the brain overheats and
cascades of physiologic breakdowns occur
if it is possible to take a rectal
temperature it may reach 106 degrees or
higher the pet must be cooled quickly
and taken to the veterinarian as soon as
possible
it would seem logical that icy cold
water would be the best choice to cool
the pet rapidly but it'll actually cause
capillaries at the surface of the skin
to close the circulation is already
compromised during a heat stroke and
cooler blood will not return to the core
as quickly if very cold water is used
instead room-temperature water is more
effective concentrate on the trunk and
the head did not try to force an animal
in a heat stroke to drink water
it'll only aspirate into the lungs while
panting or cause vomiting which leads to
further electrolyte loss take a rectal
temperature often and stop cooling when
the thermometer reads 103 degrees it'll
continue to drop
tell the excess water from the coat and
allow the pet to air dry most
importantly get your pet to a
veterinarian immediately it is always
better to prevent heatstroke in the
first place always provide fresh water
and shade and moving air if possible to
an outdoor pet remember that working
breeds and enthusiastic dogs will go
until they drop keep this in mind if
jogging with your dog or throwing the
frisbee on a warm humid day if possible
exercise with your pet early in the
morning while it's cooler outside never
leave an animal in an unventilated
vehicle for any period of time
partially rolling down the windows in a
car will not provide enough ventilation
so it may be best to leave the pet at
home during the warm seasons of the year
if you have any other questions
concerning heatstroke please discuss
them with your veterinarian

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