Heat prostration (or as it's more commonly known, heat stroke) is a serious medical condition that can cause vomiting, blood clotting, organ failure and even death in dogs and humans alike.
In canines, heat prostration can be caused by a mix of external and internal factors. Keeping a pet in an enclosed space, exposing them to high temperatures or humidity and limiting their access to water all increase the likelihood of heat stroke.
There are also internal risk factors, including certain medications, hormonal imbalances, lack of exercise, fever, or the ingestion of macadamia nuts or hops.
Warning signs of heat stroke include dullness, weakness, wobbly behavior, collapsing, convulsions — even coma.
If you think your dog may be suffering from heat prostration, treat it like an emergency. The best thing you can do is lower the dog's body temperature immediately, either by moving it to a cooler area or by wrapping it in a cool, wet towel. Then transport your animal to the nearest veterinary hospital.
Depending on the severity of the emergency, a veterinarian may insert a breathing tube or IV to provide supplemental electrolytes.
Most animals require a few days of intensive monitoring to ensure a complete recovery. Delayed symptoms can develop three to five days after an apparent recovery, including kidney failure, liver failure and sepsis.
Know the warning signs. Never trap a dog in a hot, enclosed space (like a locked car) for prolonged periods of time.
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