HEATSTROKE AND YOUR DOG
Heatstroke is caused by a combination of high temperatures, humidity, and poor ventilation. In spite of the warnings, many dogs suffer from heatstroke because they are left in cars on hot summer days.
* Open mouth.
* Restless, distressed.
* Unsteadiness on feet.
* Bright red gums.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
* Do not leave your dog in a parked car, as the inside temperature can reach 120F or higher in less than 30 minutes when the outdoor temperature is 85F. Dogs do not sweat like people do; they must pant to cool down. Therefore, they are very susceptible to heatstroke. Breeds with pushed-in faces like Pekingese and pugs, the very young, and the elderly are at greatest risk.
* Quick action is needed to save the life of a dog suffering from heatstroke. Permanent brain damage can occur when the body temperature reaches or exceeds 106F. If untreated, heatstroke can lead to kidney failure. Coma and death can result in severe cases.
* To cool your dog down, bring him inside, soak him in cool or lukewarm water and offer cool fluids but do not force feed water. Take his temperature, normal is 101.5F, and call your vet. Monitor your dog’s temperature at intervals of roughly 10 minutes and when it decreases to less than 103F, take him out of the water. In certain cases, your vet may give fluids as well as medications to decrease the body temperature.
Glonoine 30c can help to bring relief in cases of heatstroke (two pellets while on the way to the vet).