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Friday, June 20, 2008

Heat Stroke Question

Thanks to Adam for leaving a comment regarding "Summer Safety Tips" asking: "Dr. M, regarding first aid for heat stroke, what does applying rubbing alcohol to dogs paw pads do?" .

Well Adam, dogs dispell heat from their bodies in 2 main ways. First, they pant. This is the main way for them to cool down. They also have sweat glands in between their paw pads. This is the only place on the doggie body that has a significant number of sweat glands. Placing alcohol on the paws tends to cool them down because the rapid evaporation of the alcohol helps to dissipate body heat quickly, thus helping to decrease the body's internal temperature. I hope this helps clarify things for you. Thanks for the question!!

1 comment:

Adam said...

ahhhh that makes sense. Thanks Dr. M

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