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How my dog survived heat stroke

This is Cletus, an English bulldog mix who is “the most happy-go-lucky, joyful dog, he just loves everybody.”

Those are the words of certified veterinary technician Heather Riggs, who often brings Cletus with her when she comes to work at BluePearl in the Salt Lake City Area. As you can imagine, Cletus is well-loved around our Midvale, Utah hospital. “Anybody who is sad or having a hard time, he will sit and put his chin on your lap and just look at you.”

In addition to happy-go-lucky, Cletus could be called just plain lucky. That’s because Riggs, his owner, knows exactly what to do when a dog starts displaying the signs of heat stroke.

Riggs had to be outside with Cletus recently for a bit longer than expected, when she noticed how badly Cletus was panting. Riggs is well-aware that short-nosed dogs like Cletus are especially sensitive to heat, and that heat can be deadly to dogs.

Cletus and Heather Riggs

She brought Cletus into the hospital where she and Dr. Jordan Scherk began administering care including cool water, IV fluids, antacids and more. Fortunately, Cletus made a complete recovery.

“Even with all of the precautions that you can take it can still happen, so don’t ever push the limits,” Riggs said. “If it’s hot outside your dog is going to chase the ball no matter what.”

We’ve shared this before, but check out this article on how to protect your dog from heat stroke. And watch this news report about Cletus.

Cletus at the office