Pet First Aid Instructor Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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Hyperthermia - Vets Comments

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Hyperthermia in dogs is often caused by a heat stroke. This is common in the summer when a dog has been in a car for too long. Even with the windows open in a car, they can still get heatstroke, or in a conservatory, or even when they are out playing. Dogs do not tend to know when to stop, so they will continue to chase that ball, catch that frisbee, and they get to a point where they have got the heatstroke and they have carried on to the point of collapse. In these cases, like in the exercise cases where you do not know anything has happened until they have actually collapsed, it can sometimes be too late to do anything. However, if you manage to diagnose or sense or determine that your dog has got heatstroke, you need to get that animal cooled down, that dog cooled down as quickly as you can, but as gradually and as safe as you can. If you suddenly submerge them in an ice bucket then they are going to go into shock because it is too quick for that temperature change to happen.

So, the best way to cool your animal down if they have heatstroke is to get some damp towels and to just cover your animal with them. If necessary, if you have got a hose you can use that and spray that on them. You just do not want to submerge them into a really cold or icy bath. It may be necessary for your pet to be hospitalised while their body is recovering from the heatstroke, so maybe they need to be in the vets and stay on fluids and have pain relief and necessary supportive care while they are getting over the damage that has been caused.