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Old 07-09-2010, 05:15 AM   #1
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Heat Stroke in Dogs
Hyperthermia is a term describing an elevation in body temperature. This typically occurs as a response to inflammation in the body or a hot environment. When exposed to high temperatures, heat stroke or heat exhaustion can result; a very serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. Once the signs of heat stroke are detected, there is precious little time before serious damage - or even death - can occur.
Dogs release heat primarily by panting and they sweat through the foot pads and nose. If a dog cannot effectively expel heat, the internal body temperature begins to rise. Once the dog's temperature reaches 106°, damage to the body's cellular system and organs may become irreversible.

Signs of Heat Stroke in Canines

•Increased rectal temperature (over 104° requires action, over 106° is a dire emergency)
•Vigorous panting
•Dark red gums
•Tacky or dry mucus membranes (specifically the gums)
•Lying down and unwilling (or unable) to get up
•Collapse and/or loss of consciousness
•Thick saliva
•Dizziness or disorientation

What to do if You Suspect Heat Stroke
1.First, move your dog out of the heat and away from the sun right away.
2.Begin cooling your dog by placing cool, wet rags or washcloths on the body - especially foot pads and head.
3.DO NOT use ice or very cold water! Extreme cold can cause the blood vessels to constrict, preventing the body's core from cooling and actually causing the internal temperature to further rise. In addition, over-cooling can cause hypothermia, introducing a host of new problems. When the body temperature reaches 103°, stop cooling.
4.Offer your dog cool water, but do not force water into your dog's mouth.
5.Call or visit your vet right away - even if your dog seems better. Internal damage might not be obvious to the naked eye, so an exam is necessary and further testing may be recommended.

Preventing Heat Stroke
•NEVER leave your dog alone in the car on a warm day, regardless of whether the windows are open. Even if the weather outside is not extremely hot, the inside of the car acts like an oven - temperatures can rise to dangerously high levels in a matter of minutes.
•Avoid vigorous exercise on warm days. When outside, opt for shady areas.
•Keep fresh cool water available at all times.
•Certain types of dogs are more sensitive to heat - especially obese dogs and brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds, like Pugs and Bulldogs. Use extreme caution when these dogs are exposed to heat.
Some dogs can recover fully from heat stroke if it is caught early enough. Others suffer permanent organ damage and require lifelong treatment. Sadly, many dogs do not survive heat stroke. Prevention is the key to keeping your dog safe during warmer weather.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:47 AM   #2
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Thanks for the reminder about heat stroke. Jack stays inside the house during those really hot days and relaxes watching tv.
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Heat stroke is frequent these days due to the rising global temperature. Global warming's effects are now very evident.
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