Sunday, June 8, 2014

A night of Dog Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion - Treatment

   On Wednesday night our 9 year old Weimaraner, Dolly, appeared to be dealing with heat exhaustion and  couldn't stop panting heavily when she lay down to go to sleep -and it took a good 2 hours to cool her down with a cool wet towel all over.
Cr: Healing Springs Animal Hospital
AFFECTING AGING DOGS MORE -  Dolly was at doggy day care during the day, and although she was in a shaded run with water, I've noticed that as she's aged, she doesn't like being outside much anymore when it's warmer than 85F (like humans) and Wednesday was 86F and humid. So despite the protections and available water she seemed to get a mild case of heat exhaustion. On the trip home she slept hard because she was exhausted.
QUICK PANTING -  Once home our friend's dog came over- he was spending the night, and Dolly was excited so she began panting again. She was panting through the evening, despite getting a good amount of water but it hit her when she went to bed. That's when she really panted a lot. So I watched her while I was laying in bed, thinking she's calm down- she didn't after almost an hour so I gave her the heat exhaustion treatment- wiping her down with a cold, wet towel. It took about 1 1/2 hours to get her to calm down (and she drank just  a little more water).
  Of course, if it got worse, if she was drooling, or if her gums were red I know she'd need IV and medical care, but it didn't get to that extreme. However, if YOUR dog experience those symptoms, take them to a vet ASAP.
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Heat exhaustion can be dangerous, even fatal, for dogs. It can also be devastating for uninformed or unsuspecting pet owners. Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to protect your dog from the dangers of heat exhaustion.

Recognize the Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Your Dog

Dogs suffering from heat stroke will normally exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:
• Restlessness
• Panting
• Increased respiratory rate
• Increased heart rate
• Excess salivation
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
As the symptoms progress and the dog’s body temperature increases, signs become even more serious.
• Weakness
• Staggering
• Gasping
• Gum color may become brick red, then purple or blue (cyanosis)
• Seizures
• Coma
• Death

Treatment of Heat Exhaustion

If you believe your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek veterinary care immediately even if your dog’s condition does not seem serious. Cool water can be used to begin to decrease his body temperature during the trip to the veterinarian. Towels can be soaked in cool water and used to cover your dog. You can also place the towels between his legs and across his neck. Do not use cold water or ice. This may make the situation worse.
- See more at: http://www.austindogzone.com/all_things_dog/know-the-signs-of-heat-exhaustion-in-dogs/#sthash.SQZAvn6y.dpuf
WHAT IS HEAT EXHAUSTION? -  Heat exhaustion can be dangerous, even fatal, for dogs. It can also be devastating for uninformed or unsuspecting pet owners. Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to protect your dog from the dangers of heat exhaustion. (Source: AustinDogZone.com).  HEAT STROKE is worse and dogs need immediate medical care.

 Recognize the Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Your Dog
 Dogs suffering from heat stroke will normally exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:
 • Restlessness  • Panting  • Increased respiratory rate • Increased heart rate • Excess salivation
• Vomiting • Diarrhea
   As the symptoms progress and the dog’s body temperature increases, signs become even more serious.
 • Weakness  • Staggering • Gasping • Gum color may become brick red, then purple or blue (cyanosis) • Seizures  • Coma • Death

Treatment of Heat Exhaustion
 If you believe your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek veterinary care immediately even if your dog’s condition does not seem serious. Cool water can be used to begin to decrease his body temperature during the trip to the veterinarian. Towels can be soaked in cool water and used to cover your dog. You can also place the towels between his legs and across his neck. Do not use cold water or ice. This may make the situation worse.

Heat exhaustion can be dangerous, even fatal, for dogs. It can also be devastating for uninformed or unsuspecting pet owners. Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to protect your dog from the dangers of heat exhaustion.

Recognize the Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Your Dog

Dogs suffering from heat stroke will normally exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:
• Restlessness
• Panting
• Increased respiratory rate
• Increased heart rate
• Excess salivation
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
As the symptoms progress and the dog’s body temperature increases, signs become even more serious.
• Weakness
• Staggering
• Gasping
• Gum color may become brick red, then purple or blue (cyanosis)
• Seizures
• Coma
• Death

Treatment of Heat Exhaustion

If you believe your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek veterinary care immediately even if your dog’s condition does not seem serious. Cool water can be used to begin to decrease his body temperature during the trip to the veterinarian. Towels can be soaked in cool water and used to cover your dog. You can also place the towels between his legs and across his neck. Do not use cold water or ice. This may make the situation worse.
- See more at: http://www.austindogzone.com/all_things_dog/know-the-signs-of-heat-exhaustion-in-dogs/#sthash.SQZAvn6y.dpuf
Heat exhaustion can be dangerous, even fatal, for dogs. It can also be devastating for uninformed or unsuspecting pet owners. Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to protect your dog from the dangers of heat exhaustion.

Recognize the Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Your Dog

Dogs suffering from heat stroke will normally exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:
• Restlessness
• Panting
• Increased respiratory rate
• Increased heart rate
• Excess salivation
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
As the symptoms progress and the dog’s body temperature increases, signs become even more serious.
• Weakness
• Staggering
• Gasping
• Gum color may become brick red, then purple or blue (cyanosis)
• Seizures
• Coma
• Death

Treatment of Heat Exhaustion

If you believe your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek veterinary care immediately even if your dog’s condition does not seem serious. Cool water can be used to begin to decrease his body temperature during the trip to the veterinarian. Towels can be soaked in cool water and used to cover your dog. You can also place the towels between his legs and across his neck. Do not use cold water or ice. This may make the situation worse.
- See more at: http://www.austindogzone.com/all_things_dog/know-the-signs-of-heat-exhaustion-in-dogs/#sthash.SQZAvn6y.dpuf
Heat exhaustion can be dangerous, even fatal, for dogs. It can also be devastating for uninformed or unsuspecting pet owners. Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to protect your dog from the dangers of heat exhaustion.

Recognize the Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Your Dog

Dogs suffering from heat stroke will normally exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:
• Restlessness
• Panting
• Increased respiratory rate
• Increased heart rate
• Excess salivation
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
As the symptoms progress and the dog’s body temperature increases, signs become even more serious.
• Weakness
• Staggering
• Gasping
• Gum color may become brick red, then purple or blue (cyanosis)
• Seizures
• Coma
• Death

Treatment of Heat Exhaustion

If you believe your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek veterinary care immediately even if your dog’s condition does not seem serious. Cool water can be used to begin to decrease his body temperature during the trip to the veterinarian. Towels can be soaked in cool water and used to cover your dog. You can also place the towels between his legs and across his neck. Do not use cold water or ice. This may make the situation worse.
- See more at: http://www.austindogzone.com/all_things_dog/know-the-signs-of-heat-exhaustion-in-dogs/#sthash.SQZAvn6y.dpuf

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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