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Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke

Herbal remedies to calm and soothe symptoms of heat stroke in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with other cells to provide a defense against unwanted invaders. The complexity of the immune system requires a multi-dimensional approach of nutritional factors.

Dog or cat heat stroke can cause brain damage and death in a short time. Heat stroke is a very dangerous condition that can cause irreversible brain damage or even death to a dog.

All animals can suffer from heat stroke, but the following types of animals are at greater risks:

Animals weakened by health problems, are immuno-compromised, or are using medication.

Older animals

Puppies

Kittens

Obese pets

Animals with a thick coat

Animals with heart or respiratory problems

Brachycephalic animals (dogs and cats with a "pushed-in" face) like pugs, bulldogs and Boston terriers, Ballonese, Persians, etc.

Living cells have temperature tolerant limits, and if the temperature goes beyond the limits, the cells break down, cease to function and eventually die.

In dogs and cats, the cells break down at around 106.7°F (41.5°C). While we can regulate our body temperature by perspiration, our dogs and cats cannot. They just mainly lose water through their mouths. That's why when they are hot, dogs and cats pant. When a dog or cat is confined to a small space with high temperature and humidity (such as in a car on a hot summer day), the body will begin to acquire heat from the environment far quicker than its ability to dissipate the heat.

On a hot summer day, if a dog is left in a parked car, even with the windows open, the temperature in the car can be as high as 160°F. Within minutes, the dog's body temperature can rise rapidly under this condition to over 104°F, when he will start panting heavily. (A dog's normal body temperature is somewhere between 100.5°F and 101.5°F.) If no action is taken to cool the animal down, his body temperature can rise to a dangerous level (up to 106°F or higher), when heatstroke occurs and brain damage and death may follow rapidly.

As mentioned above, dogs and cats do not sweat like we do as they do not have as many sweat glands as we do. (The only few sweat glands that they have are on the pads of their feet and on their noses.)

The only mechanism for dogs and cats to quickly reduce heat is panting. If a dog or cat is overheated, the first sign is heavy panting.

Other warning signs of dog heat stroke tend to follow a progression from mild to severe, as follows:

Body temperature over 103°F

Elevated heart rate

Excessive drooling

Agitation

Deep red or purple gums and tongue

Nausea and/or vomiting

Diarrhea

Muscle cramping

Seizures

Weakness

Dazed and disoriented

Balance loss

Collapse

Loss of consciousness

Death

Prevention of Heat Stroke

To prevent your animal from getting heat stroke, keep in mind the following:

Never leave your dog or cat in a car with the windows closed, even if the car is parked in the shade.

Avoid exercising your pet excessively in the summer. Take frequent breaks and get your dog or cat to drink plenty of water.

If your dog or cat stays outdoors most of the time, be sure to provide shade and plenty of water, and provide cooler surfaces for your pet to lie on, such as mats, grass, or wooden planking.

If your dog is a Brachycephalic breed dog, or if your dog has breathing problems, keep him indoors with the fan or air-conditioner on during the hottest time of the day.

If you live in a warm weather climate, try Ruff Wear Swamp Cooling vests for dogs and cats.

If your dog or cat has been out in the heat, and is showing signs of heat stroke, it is advisable to take the dog to the veterinarian without delay.

At Home Treatments:

Heatstroke in dogs and cats is an emergency. Immediate veterinary care is best but time is also critical, since brain damage can occur in a matter of a few minutes.

If your dog shows signs of heat stroke, immediately start cooling down your dog.

Rapid cooling is essential. Use a garden hose, for example, to splash some water on the overheated dog. Do not, however, cool her down by using ice water or even very cold water - this may worsen the problem because the cold water may cause the surface blood vessels to constrict, reducing the heat transfer out of the body.

Also, extremely cold water can cause the dog to shiver which in turn can dramatically increase body heat - the very last thing we want to happen!

Be sure also to let her drink some water to avoid dehydration. Move her to a cool place if possible. If you are inside, turn on the air-conditioner or fan to help bring down your dog's body temperature.

If your dog's body temperature is around 103°F, continue to monitor her condition and bring down her temperature. Then take her to the vet as soon as possible to make sure that no internal damage has occurred.

If, however, your dog's body temperature is over 105°F, immediately after wetting the dog completely with cool water and spraying cool water on her neck and groin, take her to the emergency veterinary clinic.

If your dog suffers a heat stroke and veterinary care is not immediately available, try one of the following remedies as a first aid treatment.

Herbal Treatments:

I Feel Good! –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

Yelp for Kelp! - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, for anemia, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Probiotic Lean Machine - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Related Products:

The Daily Paws – (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

AM A ROCK STAR! - (learn more) supports adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

I Cell-Ebrate Life! - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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