|Barked: Tue Apr 24, '07 5:22pm PST |
|No...thats not true. There are different types of heat related illness, and they are just like what humans would get. Firstly there are heat cramps, which are cramping in large muscle groups, generally the legs due to lack of water and electrolytes. Next comes heat exhaustion, which is usually due to lack of water. They would present with lethargy, extreme panting, andvomiting. In this case, Cool the dog down my putting cool cloths in any area where the vessels come close to the skin to cool down their core temperature and provide lots of cool, fresh water (you could cool the dog with a bath as well). Lastly come heat stroke. This is when the body cannot compensate for the elevation of body temperature any longer. You would see a dog that has stopped or slowed down panting and is becoming or is unconscious. This is obviously life and death. You would want to cool this dog down by ANY means available, and see a vet immediately. There are no reasons why putting water on a hot dogs back would cause cardiac arrest. The heart runs on an electrical conduction system and I see no way how water on a dogs back would interfere with this. If anyone has any evidence to the contrary, I'd love to see it.
I think that one is another puppy wives tale.
Also I just wanna add that dogs compensate for heat very well despite color and fur! Usually, fresh water and a shady spot is all they need.
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