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Hyperthermia In Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $200 – $2,500

What Is Hyperthermia In Dogs?

Hyperthermia is defined as the condition of having a body temperature greatly above normal. The most common type of hyperthermia is fever, which is a common indicator of disease.

Hyperthermia can also occur as a result of heatstroke, which commonly occurs when a dog is in a small, hot space without ventilation, such as a car, or outside for too long on a hot day without access to shade and water.

Brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds such as Pugs, Boxers, and Bulldogs, are at higher risk of heatstroke.

Symptoms Of Hyperthermia In Dogs

    • Weakness
    • Rapid panting
    • Dizziness
    • Excessive drooling
    • Thick saliva
    • Bright red tongue and gums
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Irregular heart rate
    • Cardiopulmonary arrest
    • Breathing distress
    • Decreased urine
    • Muscle tremors
    • Muscle stiffness
    • Unstable gait
    • Diarrhea
    • Blood in stool
    • Black, tar-like stool
    • Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
    • Unconsciousness

Treatment Of Hyperthermia In Dogs

Dogs who suffer from hyperthermia may need hospitalization to receive intravenous fluids and oxygen therapy until the body temperature is approximately 103°F.

If your dog has difficulty breathing he/she may need additional treatments. Dogs who have suffered from hyperthermia or heatstroke in the past are at an increased risk for recurrence.

If your dog is diagnosed with malignant hyperthermia, your veterinarian will be able to help you determine the specific things that you will need to avoid in order to minimize and avoid further episodes.

Resources For Hyperthermia In Dogs

1- Emergency Care For Dogs

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