Heatstroke in dogs - Wendy Cabrales AVS 350 Heatstroke in...

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Wendy Cabrales AVS 350 May 31, 2007 Heatstroke in Dogs Continue education is important to review, incase of an emergency one could respond quickly and efficiently. This article educates Veterinary Technicians to respond to different scenarios in case of a heatstroke in dogs. Heat stroke is a life threatening condition; however if early detection is recognized and treatment can increase the chance of survival. Physical examination and comprehensive blood work will help determine the extent of the damage and treatment options to attempt. During the summer it is a critical point where owner’s leave their dogs in cars or leave their pets at home out side with no shade or water can cause central nervous system damage, circulatory collapse, and even death. Thermoregulators consist of five ways to lose heat. Dogs maintain their temperature within a range called the “set point” which is determined by the hypothalamus gland. When a dog’s temperature rises or falls out of the rage the body reacts by increasing of decreasing the core temperature. One way the dog loses heat is through conduction, when the animal’s body comes into contact with a cooler surface, such as wooden floor or by digging a hole in the dirt. Dogs lay down in a position where their ventral abdomen is touching the floor that is cool.
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