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Monday, July 15, 2013

Fidelco veterinarian shares 'Dos and Don't of canine heat stroke'



In a release, a veterinarian at the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation has important safety reminders for dog owners:
Dr. Mary Craig, a Fidelco board member and founder of Gentle Goodbye Veterinary Hospice, below shares the “dos and donts” of canine heat stroke.


Know the signs and risks of heat stroke:
Symptoms include panting, increased heart rate, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and seizures. Heat stroke can cause permanent organ damage and death. Dogs at elevated risk include breeds with shorter noses such as Pugs and Bulldogs; dogs that are overweight or dealing with heart or lung disease; and puppies and senior dogs.

What to DO:
If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke, move him or her to shaded and cool environment, and direct a fan on your dog. Begin to cool the body by placing cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin region. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water. Directing a fan on these wetted areas will help to speed evaporative cooling. Transport to the closest veterinary facility immediately.

What NOT to do:
DO NOT use cold water or ice for cooling.
DO NOT attempt to force water into your pet’s mouth, but you may have fresh cool water ready to offer should your pet be alert and show an interest in drinking.
DO NOT leave your pet unattended for any length of time.
DO NOT EVER leave any animal in a hot car for any reason or any length of time under any circumstances. 
Editor's note: All information and the photo in this post were contributed. With special thanks to Heidi Voight. Click one of the buttons below to share it.

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