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Heat Stroke

We all love a hot Kamloops summer, but with the heat, comes a concern for our four-legged friends – hyperthermia or heat stroke. Hyperthermia can become life-threatening if not treated immediately and it does not take long for a dog’s body to overheat. A canine’s normal temperature is around 38 Celsius, a temperature above 40.5 Celsius becomes a true emergency!

Most cases of hyperthermia are caused by a dog being left in a hot vehicle; however, issues also arise with over exercising on a hot day or being left outside without adequate shade. Any dog can get heat stroke although obese dogs, dogs with heart disease or brachycephalic breeds (short-nosed like a pug) are much more prone.

The first sign of heat stroke is visible distress – excessive panting and restlessness, an increase in salivation from the nose and/or mouth may be noted. If not able to cool down, the dog will become unsteady on his feet, and the gums will turn a blue/purple or a bright red colour, indicating a lack of oxygen. Without proper care, prolonged hyperthermia results in death.

If a dog is suspected of having heat stroke, immediately start to cool him with a cool, wet towel/apply cold water to pads/groin and armpits. Fans are also an effective way of cooling. Immediate veterinary attention is required in all cases, even if the dog appears to recover. Complications of hyperthermia include but are not limited to kidney failure, coagulation disorders, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and heart arrhythmias.

Prevention is key; please do not bring your pet with you on hot days and if she outside, ensure there are both adequate shade and water provided. If you find a pet in distress inside a hot car, try to find the owner and call your local police.

Written by Dr. Rebeccah Stewart, DVM

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Last updated: July 9, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS ARE BACK TO NORMAL

Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic