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Content is not warranted or endorsed by The Bluebonnet Norfolk Terrier Club but is intended as a reference guide for living with Norfolks. next next previous previous This from Garry Mason, GLENHAFOD KENNELS WALES: Subject: heatstroke Hello this is worth a look,, keep your eye on your dogs through the summer months, as they can go down with heat stroke. Here is some information to keep. Stages: rapid breathing increased heart rate dry mucous membranes depression increased body temperature Later Stages: collapse pale mucous membranes vomiting, diarrhea seizures, coma death  Treatment Heatstroke is a medical emergency! If you suspect heatstroke, move the dog to a shaded area, soak the coat in cool water, apply ice packs under the legs and transport immediately to your veterinarian. It is possible to cause the temperature to drop abnormally low, so if you are a distance away - and if possible - monitor the temperature on the way.  Complications Even if the dog is successfully cooled, he may develop internal organ damage which may not be noticeable for 1 - 5 days after apparent recovery. These include clotting abnormalities, kidney and liver failure, or gastrointestinal damage. Signs include bleeding tendencies, failure to urinate, jaundice, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. The most important aid in heatstroke is prevention!! Don't "treat" you dogs by letting them accompany you in the car for errands in the warmer months. NEVER leave the dog in the car, even with the windows down!!! Plan any walks with your dog early in the morning or late in the evening. Don't allow your dog to over-exert itself. This especially applies to our working dogs or overactive, playful dogs! Always have plenty of fresh water and shade available. A very common problem we see is a dog who has accidentally spilled their water over while the owner was away. Make sure you have a tip-proof bowl. If the dog is tied up, make sure the leash can't cause a spill, and that the dog can always reach the water. Blister Beetles Are Extremely Poisonous The blister beetle is from 1/2 to 3/4 inches long, with a large head and thin body. They are gray, black or speckled in color. Information and photographs on them can be obtained from and Blister Beetles contain Cantharidin, an odorless, colorless compound which will blister your fingers if you pick them up even if they are dead. Any decrease in an animal's ability to bear weight on a limb or a loss in the normal mobility and function of a limb can be considered lameness. Lameness can be extremely subtle or profound, affecting one limb or several limbs. It can be intermittent or constant, worse in the morning, worse at night, worse after rest, worse after or during exercise. There is no breed, age or sex predilection for lameness. Lameness may be associated with a traumatic event, such as being hit by a car, or it may develop gradually, as in a bone tumor in an affected leg. The underlying cause of a lameness may be life threatening or it may be detrimental to a good quality of life such as debilitating and painful hip Dysplasia Ethanol is a major component of alcoholic beverages and is also included in fermented products including bread dough. Signs of toxicity such as staggering, drooling, vomiting and lethargy occur when an excessive amount is ingested. In extreme cases, ethanol toxicity can result in death. Treatment is usually successful and most pets fully recover. Due to the potential toxicity and associated illness, ethanol ingestion is not recommended in pets but, it if occurs, prompt veterinary care is encouraged
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