What can cause your dog to suffer with hypothermia…
Hypothermia is a medical emergency where the body loses heat faster than it can produce it causing a dangerously low body temperature. If your dog has been fallen through ice, been submersed in cold water or has wet fur and there is a cold wind they will likely suffer with hypothermia. Small breeds, the very young, old, ill or injured are particularly susceptible.
Three stages of hypothermia
- Mild Hypothermia – Symptoms start with shivering, weakness, lack of awareness and feeling cold to the touch.
- Moderate Hypothermia – Following on from the mild symptoms it will lead to shallow slow breathing and a low pulse rate, drowsiness, severe shivering, being uncoordinated, lethargy and eventually unconsciousness.
- Severe Hypothermia – The shivering will reduce and the internal body temperature will be below 90°f / 32.2°C
The normal body temperature for an adult canine is between 100-102.5°f or 37.8-39.2°C
How to treat a dog with hypothermia
- Remove the dog from the conditions
- Wrap them in warm blankets / towels / coats / hypothermia blanket
- If possible place hot water bottles (wrapped in a towel to avoid burning) on armpits, groin, abdomen
- DO NOT attempt to warm the dog too quickly
- Monitor the internal body temperature
- Offer warm water to drink
- When the internal body temperature is back to normal, keep the dog warm with hypothermia blanket
- Take to the vets for a check up even if the dog appears to be OK
- If the dog is unconscious – Check your dog's ABC and be prepared for CPR. Take them to the vet immediately
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