One of the Police Department’s finest four-legged K9 dogs was deployed last week to help find some robbery suspects.
Danno, a beautiful, four-year-old Belgian Malinois, is trained to track and apprehend criminals, as well as detect illegal narcotics. Thanks to his efforts and those of six brave police officers working with the public, the suspects were caught.
While it wasn’t as hot last Tuesday as it has been these past few days, Danno overheated while tracking the suspect. Fortunately, K9 officers are highly trained in the care of their dogs and knowledgeable of what to look for to ensure their health.
According to his handler, Sergeant Joe Furman, “Danno is a high-drive dog and they do not show signs of distress until things are very bad. We cooled off in the air-conditioned car and he drank ice water for about 45 minutes.”
However, Furman noticed that the color of his urine was a very dark reddish-brown and rushed him to the veterinarian who immediately provided fluids intravenously to flush the toxins that would have had the potential to damage or shut down his kidneys and liver. Danno was hospitalized overnight but is now doing well and recovering at home. He will soon be back to work to protect the residents of Fairfax County.
While the most of us are not out chasing down bad guys/girls, our own pets are susceptible to the effects of the heat.
Sadly, the heat turned tragic Monday when a dog died after being left in a car:
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As this heat wave and the rest of summer continue, here are six tips to consider for your pets:
1. If you are hot, your pet is hot too.
2. Hot pavement can burn the pads of your dog’s or cat’s feet (remember, you are wearing shoes and don’t feel the burning hot asphalt).
3. Restrict exercise when temperatures soar, and if you muzzle dogs, don’t because it inhibits their ability to pant.
4. Always have water available. Pets don’t sweat like we do to cool down; they exchange heat through their mouths and paws.
5. Once they overheat, their muscles start to break down and release toxins into the system. Cooling down does not remove the toxins, which must be expelled by the body; typically an IV is needed to flush them out.
6. Like children, never leave a pet in a hot car – even for few minutes!