How to help dogs suffering in the heat

Posted at 11:21 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 23:21:45-04

It was a near-death experience for one Saint Bernard mix who was having a heat stroke Sunday as his owner tried walking him on a chain and in the heat to her new home.

But the dog collapsed and began vomiting. It was happening just as 7 Action News reporter Kimberly Craig and a friend happened to be driving by and spotted the dog in distress.

On Tuesday, Craig talked to Dr. Michael Hood of Greenfield Animal Hospital about how to spot a dog in distress and what to do to prevent permanent organ damage and even loss of life.

It's important to act fast and give the dog water if they're able to drink on their own, and get the dog out of the heat, preferably into a air-conditioned area.

You'll want to begin cooling the dog down with cool, not cold, water. And, as soon as possible, seek medical attention - because a dog can later seem fine and then die a day or two later, said Dr. Hood.

Thanks to Detroit Dog Rescue, the dog was able to receive the critical care he needed - which included oxygen, intravenous fluids and an infusion of plasma.

The woman who owned him said his name was Bosco, but said she doesn't have the time for him and he is not allowed in her house. She immediately surrendered him to the non-profit rescue.

Emergency care for Bosco, renamed Roscoe, is expected to be over $4,000.

Click here if you would like to help cover the costs Roscoe's care.