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My dog got very hot last week from the weather. I did not

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My dog got very hot last week from the weather. I did not take her temperature, but noticed that she became lethargic. When given water she did not drink until much later. Since then she seems to have constipation. I have added pumpkin to her food, but she still has either very little (but mostly none) stool. Now she seems to be in some agony by tearing up. If she had a heat stroke, could this be the issue? What can I do to help?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.

Hello. I'm sorry for the long wait.

It doesn't sound like heat stroke. Heat stroke will end up causing vomiting/ diarrhea that is often bloody within an hour or two of the incident. A week later, they are either fully resolved or they had already died. I think this is a separate issue.

It sounds like she may actually have colitis. This is inflammation of the colon and they'll have the urge to go even though there may not be much in there. It could be constipation, but that's not too common in dogs. I would shoot an x-ray and do a rectal exam (along with a regular exam) to see what the cause is.

If it's constipation, then fluids and an enema should help get her cleared out. If colitis, then pumpkin and an intestinal antibiotic/ anti-inflammatory (Metronidazole) will often get it resolved.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.