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Stray dog's temperature hit 108 degrees - veterinary hospital works to save him

Rescued dog being cooled off
Coachella Valley Animal Hospital

On Tuesday, the Coachella Valley Animal Hospital, in Indio, Calif., issued a press release about a stray dog who nearly died from heat stroke this week.

On Tuesday afternoon, the veterinary staff at the animal hospital worked to cool the over-heated stray, who had been spotted by a good Samaritan, and was then picked up by animal control officers. By the time that the 5-year-old Boxer-bulldog mix reached the animal hospital, his temperature had climbed to a dangerous 108 degrees.

The distressed dog had been roaming the Indio area when the outside temperature hovered near the century mark; the dog was weak and severely dehydrated when he was rescued.

Indio Police Department officer Kyle Stephens said:

The dog looked very dehydrated, but he was also very shy and wouldn’t let us near him,”

But Officer Salazar was able to cut him off at Avenue 45 and Market Street.

A veterinary technician described his initial condition when he arrived to the hospital, stating:

He was panting and very lethargic and could barely stand up,

The pads on the dog's feet were treated with alcohol, he was provided with I.V. fluids, and cooled in a kiddie pool. Eventually, the once "touch-and-go" dog was stabilized and those working to save him are optimistic that he will be okay.

The dog did not have any tags or a microchip. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to phone the veterinary hospital at 760-343-3477.

Read more here.

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