Treating Heatstroke on a Saint Bernard

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  • Never leave your Saint Bernard in the car on warm days. The temperature inside a car can rise very quickly to dangerous levels, even on milder days. Saint Bernards can succumb to heatstroke very easily and must be treated very quickly to give them the best chance of survival.
  • If you cannot immediately get your Saint Bernard to a veterinarian, move it to a shaded area and out of direct sunlight.
  • Place a cool or cold, wet towel around its neck and head (do not cover your dog’s eyes, nose or mouth).
  • Remove the towel, wring it out, and rewet it and rewrap it every few minutes as you cool the Saint Bernard.
  • Pour water or use a hose to keep water running over the animal’s body (especially the abdomen and between the hind legs), and use your hands to massage its legs and sweep the water away as it absorbs the body heat. Use ice or ice packs between your Saints legs when transporting.
  • Transport the pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Always remember to provide your Saint or any pet for that matter with plenty of shade and fresh cool water when left unattended even for a short time in your yard.

Brenda McWhorter
Health Committee
December, 2013