SAR Dog Shock
Shock results from circulatory failure. Dogs in shock are weak and lethargic or may collapse. Their heart rate is persistently elevated, pulse may be weak, the mucus membranes are pale and the capillary refill time is slow. When a SAR dog is in a state of shock their pulse will be fast but weak and their breathing shallow and irregular. Their skin will be pale, cold to the touch but they will sweat profusely. Shock is often associated with dehydration, which may be the result of excessive fluid loss or inadequate fluid intake. Excessive fluid losses occur during work, and can be exacerbated by medical conditions such as diarrhea and kidney disease. Never give a SAR dog in shock any alcohol to drink. If the dog is very cold you can cover it with something light to keep its body temperature at normal. Other predisposing causes of shock are ill health before the dog starts work, over working the dog, workingin hot climates (hyperthermia), working in excessively cold climates (hypothermia), dehydration, exhaustion, heart failure and exposure to toxins. If you are concerned that your dog is in early or advanced stages of shock do NOT exercise him/her further. Seek veterinary advice immediately.