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How to treat heat stroke in dogs in Aberdeen
Dogs can't get rid of heat as easily as humans. They are built to trap rather than dissipate heat and therefore tend to overheat more quickly. We sometimes don't notice that a dog is overheated until symptoms actually begin to develop. Heat stroke is a serious condition and can come on suddenly. The situation can turn into an emergency within minutes. Knowing how to handle heat stroke in a dog can be essential to saving your four-legged friend's life.
Steps Method 1 of 3: Identify heat stroke in dogs Be aware of the temperature. It helps to know what temperature it was when the dog started showing symptoms. You may want to write down the temperature, other conditions (such as direct sunlight), and the activities the dog undertook prior to the symptoms so that you can clearly describe them to the vet.
* If the dog has been confined to an enclosed area such as a car for some time, the exact temperature may be difficult to determine. If you feel that the inside temperature felt a lot higher than the outside temperature of 32.2 degrees, the vet may have enough information to diagnose and treat the dog); Try to spot the first symptoms of heat stroke. Signaling heat stroke early can prevent permanent damage to the dog's internal organs. The first signs that could indicate heat stroke are:
* Respiratory complaints (excessive and rapid panting)
* Extreme thirst
* Frequent vomiting
* A bright red tongue and dry, pale gums
* The skin around the muzzle and neck does not spring back when you squeeze it with two fingers
* Thick mucus
* Increased heart rate Look carefully to see if the heat stroke situation worsens. The situation worsens when the following symptoms become visible in the dog:
* Increased difficulty in breathing
* Gums that have turned from bright red to blue and then purple
* Exhaustion phenomena
* Coincidence or coma Take the dog's temperature. Taking the temperature rectally is one of the best ways to tell if a dog's body temperature has risen. A dog's normal body temperature is between 38 and 39 degrees. A dog is overheated when its body temperature is 39.4 degrees or above. A temperature of 42.8 degrees is usually fatal.
* Use a digital rectal thermometer (ideally one especially for pets).
* Use a drop of oil or petroleum jelly to make insertion less uncomfortable.
* Ask someone for assistance so that this person can hold the dog by the head and part of the body.
* Locate the rectum and lift the tail to insert the thermometer.
* Gently insert the thermometer about 2 to 2.5 cm; do not let go of the thermometer.
* Wait for the digital thermometer to beep. After the beep, carefully remove the thermometer and read the temperature on the display.
* Write down the dog's temperature so you can report it to the vet
Method 2 of 3: Treat a dog with heat stroke
1. Get the dog out of the heat immediately. Bring the dog into the house and, if possible, place it in an air-conditioned room. If this is not possible, move it to a place with sufficient shade and sufficient wind. At this point, try to minimize the exercise of the dog, so don't allow it to run around until the heat stroke risk has passed. Give the dog cold drinking water. First, keep the amount of water limited. It is not wise to give the dog sports drinks. If the dog does not seem interested in water, chicken or beef stock (low fat and unsalted) is an acceptable alternative.
* Do not force the dog to drink water if the animal itself is unable to drink. Cool the dog with water. Wet the dog with a stream of cold water if possible. Provide low water pressure if you are using a garden hose. Do not submerge your dog completely in water, as this could cause him to lose too much heat, causing other complications.
* Make sure the water is not too cold. The cooling process can slow down if you use too cold or ice cold water. Contact a veterinarian who can be reached in emergencies. Even if the water cooling treatment works well, it is still necessary to contact (and see) a veterinarian.It is quite possible that damage to internal organs will occur as a result of heat stroke. Undiagnosed complications can be fatal to your dog. Apply Isopropyl alcohol (70%) to the pads on the dog's paws. Dogs lose heat through the pads on their paws, so by applying a small amount of Isopropyl alcohol you can extract some of the heat from the body.Make sure legs are uncovered and exposed to cool air.
* Do not use too much alcohol as it can be harmful if the dog ingests it. Do not cover or lock the dog with towels. You can try to cool the dog with cold, damp towels, but do not put these towels on the dog's body for extended periods of time, as the towels can trap body heat. It is also important that you do not lock the dog in, for example, a crate. If the dog is confined, it will likely not be supplied with enough cooled air, which will cause it to retain too much heat.Advertisement Method 3 of 3: Prevent heat stroke in dogs1. Be aware of the factors that can cause or worsen heat stroke. Older dogs, obese dogs, or dogs with a history of cardiovascular disease or seizures are more likely to be affected by heat stroke. They are also less able to withstand rising temperatures. The Humane Society of the United States Go to the source
* For dogs with a short muzzle (such as Pugs and Bulldogs) it is more difficult to lose body heat by panting. So these breeds may be at greater risk.
* Some breeds are more resistant to heat than other breeds. Areas with an extremely warm climate should be avoided by a number of races. These include Bulldogs (French and English), Boxers, Saint Bernards, Pugs and Shih Tzus. Let your dog during the summer months and on hot days not in the car. A dog should never be left in a car exposed to the sun, even if the temperature is considered mild.Even with the windows down, a car becomes an oven in minutes and usually has fatal consequences for the dog. 3 When grooming your coat, consider the seasons. Dogs with thick, long coats may need to be shaved or trimmed during the hottest period of summer.A professional dog groomer probably knows which style is best for the time of year. Keep your dog indoors on extremely hot days. If it is extremely hot outside, let your dog inside during the day. Preferably in an air-conditioned room.If this is not possible, make sure the dog has access to a safe area with adequate shade. Provide your four-legged friend with plenty of shade and water. If your dog is outside on really hot days, make sure he has access to plenty of water and shade.Some people even put ice cubes on the ground so the dog can lie on them during extremely hot days. Let your dog swim safely in warm weather. If your dog has access to a river, stream, or pond, he will likely enter the water to cool off during hot days. Let the dog swim in the water or wet it gently to avoid heat stroke.
* Keep a close eye on your dog when he goes swimming and don't let him near deep water (especially swimming pools, as dogs have a hard time getting out of the pool on their own) if he is not a good swimmer. Give your dog plenty of rest when he's working on warm days. If you have a dog that assists you in your work, such as a Shepherd, you should give him plenty of rest when he works in the heat.Make sure that the dog is provided with enough shade and cold water at other times. Let it swim or get it wet during breaks from work, if possible.
* Do not panic and stay calm, this to keep the dog calm. If you panic, your dog may sense this and it will panic too. This could worsen the situation. Instead, stay as calm as possible and be methodical to get your dog back to his normal temperature. Make a quick plan to take your dog to the vet as well. Stay focused to make sure you've done everything within your power to increase your dog's chances of survival.
* Shaving a dog with a double coat to control heat is not recommended. The undercoat keeps the dog cool on hot days and warm on cold days.
* Mix the Isopropyl alcohol with water (equal amounts) and apply it to the dog's paws.