Source: The Herald-Zeitung 

As summer heat intensifies in New Braunfels, pet owners are increasingly vigilant about heatstroke signs in dogs. Charlotte Dawson, medical director at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic, highlights key symptoms like excessive panting, drooling, red gums, vomiting, and diarrhea. Immediate Veterinary attention is advised if symptoms persist beyond 5-10 minutes of cooling. Contrary to intuition, ice-cold showers can worsen the condition, as the body may overcompensate by generating more heat.

Effective cooling methods include IV fluids and cold air. Heatstroke risks escalate when a dog’s temperature hits 103-104°F, with potential organ failure at 105°F. Brachycephalic breeds like French bulldogs and pugs, and overweight dogs, are particularly vulnerable. Dawson recommends limiting outdoor time during peak heat, advising walks in early morning or late evening. Prompt Veterinary intervention is crucial, as severe heatstroke complications can be fatal.

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