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Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke

Heat warning

During the summer months in New England, temperatures can be lethal for humans as well as our pets.

While outside with your dog, please be mindful of the signs of heat exhaustion, which could lead to potentially fatal heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion Signs in Dogs:

1. HEAVY PANTING: This is the first sign of heat exhaustion. Since dogs are incapable of sweating (except their paw pads), their only way to cool their internal temperature is through panting.

2. PAY CLOSER ATTENTION TO CERTAIN BREEDS: While ALL does can undergo heat exhaustion, certain breeds are more prone, such as those with heavy coats (e.g., Shelties or Chow Chows) and other breeds with short snouts making it difficult for them to breath (e.g., Boxers and Pugs).

3. WEAKNESS: During any activity in the heat, watch for weakness. This is a serious sign.

4. DISORIENTATION: You may notice that your dog is unaware of his or her surroundings.This is a serious sign.

5. VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA: This is a serious sign of heat exhaustion/heat stroke.

6. SEIZURES AND/OR COMA: This is a serious sign of heat exhaustion/heat stroke.

 

Treatment:

It is very important to spot the first 3 signs listed above early before a heat stroke occurs, as they are often times fatal. If you observe serious signs of heat exhaustion, seek help from a veterinarian immediately.

In the meantime, there are some things that can be done to cool down a dog displaying the signs above:
1. PROVIDE PLENTY OF COLD WATER
2. KEEP THE PET IN A COOL RESTING PLACE
3. PLACE A COOL WET TOWEL LOOSLY AROUND THE ANIMAL’S NECK
4. ICE PACKS MAY BE PLACED ON THE ANIMAL’S ARM PIT AREA OR NECK AREA

 

Prevention:

1. Avoid taking your dog out during the middle of the day where the day is at its hottest.
2. Walk dogs only in the morning and evening hours when the temperature is at its coolest.
3. Provide plenty of fresh cold water at all times
4. NEVER leave your pet outside, tied up, unattended, or in a vehicle.

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288 Fall River Ave
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I have just moved my pug and other family members. Millie needed her nails clipped. She gets very stressed out during this routine procedure. The old vet had three people restraining her and they always drew blood. At Bristol the staff became concerned and they held her for few hours while carefully clipping her nails and ensuring her well being. In a follow up visit she seemed happy to be there.

I have been going to Bristol County for almost eleven years. Dr. Ripp and Dr. Richards and the entire team have always been caring, professional, and provide exceptional care to our dogs. I always appreciate the quick return phone calls if I have asked a question and the personal care of speaking to either Dr. Ripp or Dr. Richards when bloodwork comes back (even on a Saturday!). Maddie & Jeter are not afraid of the vet because of the wonderful care and love they receive from everyone here. I wouldn’t take my dogs anyplace else!


I have used this vet as far back as I can remember. The staff is extremely kind. They know their job inside and out! I highly recommend anyone seeking a vet should call and try them out for yourself. GREAT!


Everyone who works at Bristol County is so nice. You can tell they hire people who enjoy and love animals. I always appreciate the care that both my dogs receive from the vets at Bristol County. Dr. Ripp and Dr. Richards and their assistants are wonderful. I always feel they listen to me and provide excellent feedback. Thank you to the entire staff at Bristol County!


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Dr. Richards puts my furry friend at ease. She understands Sunshine and works with her temperament instead of resorting to restraining her in a towel. It makes the visit much less stressful for both of us!


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All of the folks at this facility have and continue to provide the best care for our much loved feline family members. I never feel rushed when I bring Katie in for her visit. Treatment plans are explained thoroughly as well as the costs. I ALWAYS feel that WE have made the best choice for our pet.


Always a pleasant experience even when my cat is costing me money. That speaks volumes about the care they provide for our furry little family member.