Features January 2012 Issue

What To Do in Case of Heatstroke

Double whammy: This brachycephalic (flat-faced, short-nosed) dog is also quite obese. In a hot or stressful environment, or with just a bit of exercise, she could easily fall victim to heatstroke, since she's far less able to cool herself through panting than a long-nosed or lean dog.

What To Do in Case of Heatstroke

In cases of heatstroke (hyperthermia), the goal is to gradually decrease the dog's body temperature to about 104 F. in the first 10-15 minutes. Once 104 F. is reached, stop the cooling process and get the dog to the veterinarian as quickly as possible.

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