ASK THE VET

Published on: May 30, 2008
ASK THE VET

The ENQUIRER’s new columnist, top veterinarian Dr. Jeff LaCroix, answers the toughest questions about our four-legged friends.

Q. Last summer we lost our bulldog, Winston, to heatstroke. With summer coming, would you please warn your readers of this danger?

A. While humans lose body heat mainly through perspiration, dogs sweat only between their footpads and from the tip of their nose.

They mainly dissipate heat through their lungs by panting – not a very efficient method. Signs of heatstroke include panting, weakness/collapse, deep red gum color and/or reddened eyes. Take the dog’s rectal temperature (any thermometer will do).

 If it is above 104 degrees, do something to cool him. Spraying the dog with a garden hose or using a cold bath are good methods. If the temperature is over 106, cool him and then quickly transport him to your veterinarian or nearest emergency clinic.

FYI: A dog’s normal temperature is 100-102.5 degrees.

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