Friday, January 8, 2021
NORMAL DOG TEMPERATURE
Low temperature for a dog is 99 and under. When my boy Scooterbug was dying, his temperature began to drop. He had been sick for a year, and I was doing all I could to save him. But, his body was done and his temperature began to drop.
Newby was already at the vet, and his temperature began to rise. It went to 103. Vets were constantly involved in his care. But, his temperature began rising. It went to 106. Above 107, there is a high risk of organ damage. Brain swelling and kidney failure can occur. Newby’s temperature was 109 He was struggling to breathe. The temperature of 109 can effect the brains ability to send messages for breathing. Newby was intubated (a breathing tube was inserted as he could not breathe on his own), but the body temperature continued to stay high. He became unresponsive. Death was imminent. So, what are the choices at this point-- not much. My choice was to be there for him, or not be there for him. I raced to the vet. Even though he was new to my care, he was still "my foster" and I would be there for him. I kissed his head, I held him as we ended his suffering. Letting him go "on his own" would have been cruel. We wanted a peaceful end. And we gave him that.
I needed to write all this down for those who think I "could have done more." There was nothing else that could be done. The vet calling me to come immediately told me that. He is at peace now. I did all I could. Thank you for listening. 💕
Link on Stenotic nares: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/brachycephalic-airway-syndrome-in-dogs