dog stroke!! it does exist, and it is no less danger than any other injury. So if you are wondering “can my dog have a stroke” !! unfortunately, the answer would be: yes. He can , and you need to know what to do if it happened to your dog.
During the summer months, the danger to the family dog rises with the thermometer. As with humans, pets can also suffer from heat related injuries and death.
Humans suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The human body normally cools itself by sweating, but under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, the human body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures can damage the brain and/or other vital organs.
Because dogs do not sweat as humans do, the danger of heat related injury and death is even greater. The normal body temperature of a dog ranges between 38.9 – 39 degrees Centigrade. This translates to about 101.0-103.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Puppies’ normal temperatures are about 1 degree lower until 6-8 weeks old, and Dogs and cats maintain their temperature through panting, although sometimes they may be unable to “vent” enough heat.
Dogs suffer from heat cramps and heat exhaustion/prostration just like humans. The symptoms are varied and not always obvious to the untrained eye. As exposure to heat increases, injuries quickly escalate to heat stroke and death.
how to protect and treat your dog from summer temperature and heat stroke
The best medicine for dog stroke is to prevent it with the following measurments:
- Never, ever leave your pet in your car. The temperature inside a closed car rises most quickly during the first 15 minutes that it is left in the sun, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And put in mind that When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172 degrees, according to the CDC.
- In warm weather, you must always provide dogs (and cats) adequate shade and plenty of fresh, cool water.
- In very hot weather, you should keep your pet indoors.
- Keep your pet’s exercise down to the minimum during hot days.
- Asphalt, concrete, and stones absorb heat, and get extremely hot. Prior to walking your dog on a surface of one of these types, reach down and touch it. If it’s too hot for you, it may be too hot for your pet.
- In addition to panting, dogs “sweat” through their foot pads. Walking your dog on grass or dirt really makes a difference in your pet’s comfort.
what are the signs of a stroke in a dog
read this very carefuly, and be aware of the symptoms and the treatment for dog stroke
dog stroke symptoms
the symptoms of a stroke in a dog are slightly harder to notice than those in human, but you need to cinsider these signs if you are wondering “how can i tell if my dog has had a stroke” :
Excessive panting. salivating, vomiting, staring, anxiety, increased pulse rate can all be signs of heatstroke.
Care and Treatment of Dog Stroke and Heat Exposure Related Injuries
First aid care for dogs with a heat stroke includes:
- removing the dog from the source of the heat, preferably to an air conditioned place.
- Put the dog in the bathtub and gently hose the dog with cool water.
- Alternatively, you can place the dog in a cool bath to bring down its temperature or cover the dog with wet towels.
- Use cool, not ice cold water to gradually bring the dog’s temperature down safely.
- Placing the dog in front of a fan is also helpful, however, do not cool the dog to the point where it begins to shiver and/or the dog’s teeth begin to chatter.
Excessive cooling of the dog can be just as harmful as overheating. You have to know that Dog stroke is dangerous, but you should not panic if it happened to your dog.
Stay calm , and After administering first aid for your dog, you should then take it to a veterinarian for evaluation and further treatment, in case the dog requires intravenous therapy for dehydration.
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