How Do You Treat A Hypothermic Puppy?


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Normal body temperature in dogs is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduction in temperature below this range is called hypothermia. This condition can develop due exposure to cold for long duration, problems in the dog’s own system that is responsible for temperature control, impaired behavioral response and hypothyroidism. Symptoms are shivering, lethargy, depression, weakness, low heart rate, reduced breathing, labored breathing, muscle stiffness, and coma.

Diagnosis is by blood coagulation tests, ECG and thyroid function test. Treatment depends upon severity of the problem like mild, moderate and extreme hypothermia and includes external warming, warm IV fluid therapy, warmed air, warm water enemas and stomach lavage. So, it will be good to see a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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