Posted: May 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

German Shepherd Adventures!

   Most of us exercise or train our dogs vigorously on a daily basis.  This is NOT new information, just a reminder that your four-legged friend heats up very quickly when running amuck, even at 40 or 50 degrees!!  When temps soar into the 70’s or higher, the danger to your dog becomes much higher, and ONLY YOU can prevent it, because many GSD’s are so driven that they won’t stop until they collapse from Heat exhaustion!  Here’s how to recognize the onset, and treat it before it causes real damage, and even death!

Signs of Heat Stroke

The following signs may indicate heat stroke in a dog:

  • Increased rectal temperature (over 104° requires action, over 106° is a dire emergency)
  • Vigorous panting
  • Dark red gums
  • Tacky or dry mucus membranes (specifically the gums)
  • Lying down and unwilling (or unable) to get up
  • Collapse and/or loss of consciousness
  • Thick saliva

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