Creek View Veterinary Clinic is pleased to present our Featured Pet of the Month, Roxie!
Roxie Wagoner was seen at Creek View Veterinary Clinic on September 4, 2018 for a severe case of heat stroke. When she arrived at the hospital, she was barely responsive. Dr. Correll and the rest of the Creek View team immediately began assessing and stabilizing her. They found that Roxie had a temperature of 109°F (normal temperature for dogs is approximately 99-102.5°F). She was immediately started on IV fluids and cooling measures to help get her back to a normal temperature as quickly as possible and to help avoid any long term effects. Thankfully, we were able to return Roxie’s temperature back to normal within approximately 30 minutes and by then she had begun to regain consciousness. After two days in the hospital, follow up bloodwork, and monitoring, Roxie was back to her normal self and went home where she has been doing great!
The Wagoner’s had spent the day with workers coming and going out of their house while Roxie had been loyally following her owners wherever they went. Unfortunately, when one of the family members went to move a car, they did not realize that Roxie had jumped into the car with them and she was accidentally locked inside. Thankfully, they were quick to realize Roxie was missing and went searching for her. When Roxie was found locked in the hot car, her owners did a fantastic job of taking quick action by cooling her down with a bath while they found veterinary care.
Unfortunately, not all heat stroke victims are as lucky as Roxie. Heat induced illness in pets is most commonly due to an overexposure to a hot, humid environment, like being locked in a car, or from over-exertion, like more running and playing than a pet can otherwise compensate for. Many heat stroke victims can actually develop seizures, severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, bleeding disorders, multiple organ dysfunction, and some cases may not survive.
In order to help protect your pets from heat related illnesses, please always be aware of the temperature and be sure to keep pets in well ventilated areas with plenty of shade and water. Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, muscle tremors or weakness, severe diarrhea, and, of course, elevated temperature. If you notice these signs in your pet, please seek veterinary care immediately to give your pet the greatest chance of a successful outcome, like Roxie.