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Also known as Heat Stroke
An increase in body temperature due to environmental conditions is known as hyperthermia or heat stroke. It is a life threatening condition and does require immediate treatment. Hyperthermia occurs in hot summer weather when dogs are left with inadequate ventilation such as:
- When left outdoors in hot/humid weather without shade.
- When exercised in hot/humid weather.
- When left in a car on relatively cool day .
Short- nosed breeds tend to pant more causing an increased body temperature. Obesity and other diseases may predispose your dog to hyperthermia.
In the beginning your pet appears to be in distress, restless, and panting excessively. As the condition continues, your pet may drool, and become unsteady on their feet. Their gums may appear bright red or purple in color suggesting inadequate oxygen in the body.
WHAT TO DO
- Remove your pet from the environment where the hyperthermia occurred.
- Move your pet into the shade and direct a fan onto them.
- Begin to the cool the body by placing wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in groin. Wet down the ear flaps and paws with cool water. To speed cooling, place a fan on these wetted areas.
Transport your pet to the closest veterinary hospital.
WHAT NOT TO DO
- DO NOT use cold water or ice for cooling.
- DO NOT overcool the pet.
- DO NOT attempt to force water into your pet?s mouth.
- DO NOT leave your pet unattended for any period of time.
Rapidly cooling the pet is very important ? using ice or cold water may seem logical ? it is not advisable as it may cause Shock Trauma to the pet.