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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
June 15, 2011
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Save your dog's life with dog first aid!

Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.

You want only the best for your dog, just like you want the best for every member of your family. This newsletter has the Dog Information and resources you need to give your dog the best -- the best of health, the best of safety, the best of lifelong well being.

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Dog Heat Stroke or Hyperthermia


This is the beginning of summer in the USA so you should be thinking about summer time health issues of your pets, such as Dog Heatstroke.

Signs to look for:

The signs depend upon the extent of heat stroke. In the early stages, your pet will pant rapidly, have thick, ropey saliva, and have bright red gums. His/her body temperature will be between 104-106°F.

As the body temperature climbs above 106°F, your pet will go into shock with subsequent organ shutdown.

The normal body temperature for a dog falls within the range of 100.5°F to 102.5°F (about 38°C to 39.2°C).

Our pets maintain this temperature through panting, however sometimes they are unable to lose enough heat.

Causes:

Never leave your pet in a parked car in sunlight. The car heats up to be like a sauna even on mild days.

Minimize exercise in the heat of the day. Avoid exercising your dog in unusually hot or humid conditions especially at the start of summer. Most dog heatstroke cases are seen at the start of summer.

Make sure your pet has plenty of shade to escape to during the day. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh cool water (the water should be placed in the shade) available at all times.

Solutions:

Remove your pet from the hot environment. Get them out of the car and away from the sun.

If you suspect severe heatstroke and your pet have collapsed, get your pet immediate veterinary care.

Run cold water over the back of your pet's head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels between the back legs, on the belly and in the armpits. Wet towels can be used instead. You can use a garden hose to run the water over the back of his head.

Rubbing alcohol will also speed up heat loss; it can be applied to the belly and groin, cooling as it evaporates. Liberally spread it on the skin; the most important thing is reducing the temperature in a controlled way.

Let your pet drink as much cold water as he can. If you have an electrolyte replacement, such as Gatorade, then add this to his water. If your pet drinks lots of water at once it is very likely to vomit.

Pets with severe heatstroke are at risk for shock. In this case you don't want to wrap him/her in a blanket, but you can at least provide sugar. Rub corn syrup or honey on their gums while you are in transit to your vet.

When your pet stops panting, they are likely at a normal temperature. You can check this by taking their temperature again. If it's 103°F or 38 °C then stop the cooling.

Special Cases:

Certain breeds are at a high risk for heatstroke, namely the brachycephalics (dogs with pushed-in faces). These include Pugs and Bulldogs; they snore and snort and have difficulty breathing at the best of time. In spite of them being a veterinarian's best friend, you should avoid exercising them on hot days, and always be on the lookout for early signs of heatstroke.

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Tips to Save YOU money...

1. Trimming your dog's nails and grooming his or her fur at home saves money spent on professional groomers.

2. Practice good dental hygiene. Daily brushing of your dog's teeth has significant returns.

3. Don't skip vaccinations or flea and tick prevention . Vaccines protect pets from painful and tragic diseases such as rabies, and fleas and ticks carry harmful diseases such as the plague that may also be spread to people in contact with pets.

4. Buy fewer toys , and trick pets into thinking those toys are new, time and time again.

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I hope these tips help your budget and most importantly the health and happiness of your dog.

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