Hypothermia In Dogs
Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature drops below normal limits. An animal suffering from hypothermia needs prompt medical intervention as continued decrease in the body temperature can be life-threatening. As the body temperature continues to drop, it’s ability to return back to a normal temperature range can diminish significantly. Hypothermia can affect the function and integrity of major body systems including the central nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems. There is also impairment of the physiological and metabolic functions of the body. The primary symptoms exhibited by dogs with hypothermia include respiratory problems, irregular heartbeat, and coma.
There are 2 main types of hypothermia in pet dogs – primary and secondary hypothermia. Primary hypothermia develops as a result of being exposed to very cold conditions. Secondary hypothermia is a result of the body’s ability to generate heat brought about by trauma, illness, or medications.
If your pet is shivering, has labored breathing, and its pupils are weak and dilated, take the animal to the best pet clinic San Antonio, TX ASAP.