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Overheated dog nearly dies at fun run

by Susan Wyatt


Posted on June 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 23 at 9:15 AM

thermometer.jpgThe Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska, reports that a dog running in a fun run on Sunday nearly died when it became overheated in the hot weather.
The paper says the 140-pound Great Dane named Dante took part in the 3.7-mile run. When he showed signs of distress after three miles his human companion slowed, but the dog collapsed at the finish line.

Vets rushed the dog to a pet clinic and a thermometer confirmed that Dante was dangerously overheated. The average temperature for a dog is 102 degrees and Dante was up to 109.6.
Veterinarian Debbie Mersch-Delker said just minutes of that can kill a dog.
Dante was put in a tub of cool water to bring his temperature down slowly. They also administered a steroid and an intravenous drip.
The Humane Society of the U.S. says if you're going to take your pooch out in hot weather, extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and keep in mind that asphalt gets hot and can burn your pet's paws. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer.
Signs of heat stress include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.