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We where on a trip and our daughter took our two German Shepard

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We where on a trip and our daughter took our two German Shepard out for a 6 mile hike in the hills one of our dogs collapsed from what appears to be heat exposed and died last night when we got home today out other Shepard is limping and panting he seems very tired but is coherent and very alert just looks like he had too much exercise I am going to take him to the vet tomorrow to be completely checked out but was wondering if it would be safe to give him a little gator aid tonight in case he needs a little extra rehydration and electrolytes what do u think

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Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog, this must have been very upsetting for you.

1. Well the unfortunate death could have been due to heat stroke if it was exceptionally hot, this is a very insidious condition. However you would also consider such things as undiscovered heart disease which is much more common.

2. It is good that your second dog is coherent and alert, under the circumstances it would be an excellent idea to give him some fluids such as Gator Aid or even just plain water. Do this on the hour and give quite a bit { say 60 ml per session } using a syringe or similar device and also encourage him to drink normally and keep him as cool as possible.

3. As I say heat stroke is a very insidious condition and shock can set in without the owner being aware of it so if your dog appears to be deteriorating then get an ER vet involved without delay.

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