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Summer Safety--Heat Stroke and Dehydration in Dogs - 06/12/2013
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  Heat Exhaustion/Heat Stroke Heat exhaustion or heat stroke is a potentially life-threatening condition and a major emergency for our dogs and requires immediate treatment. A dog’s normal temperature ranges 100 to 102.5 degrees –and sudden exposure to increased heat will result in a quick rise in body temperature. Our dogs cannot tolerate hot/high environmental temperatures because they do not sweat (except to a minor degree through their foot pads). Dogs depend upon panting to exchange warm air for cool air. But when air temperature is close to body temperature, cooling by panting is not an efficient process. Common causes of Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke in Dogs As pet owners need to be aware of common situations that can set the stage for heat stroke in dogs which may include:  Being left in a car in hot weather  Exercising strenuously in hot, humid weather  Being a brachycephalic breed, (“short shoved up noses”) especially a Mastiff, BullMastiff, Bulldog,  Pug, or Pekingese.   Suffering from a heart or lung disease that interferes with efficient breathing  Being muzzled while put under a hair dryer  Suffering from a high fever or seizures.  Being confined on concrete or asphalt surfaces  Being confined without shade and fresh water in hot weather  Having a history of heat stroke Recognizing the Sign of Heat Exhaustion in your Dog- Heat stroke symptoms begin with restlessness, increased salivation (droo...

Summer Safety--Heat Stroke and Dehydration in Dogs



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