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When you say he is not responding well what is he doing? Can you take his temperature with a thermometer? What color are his gums? What area of NC are you in? I know of a bunch of emergency vets in and near NC.
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It is hard to tell the temperature by the nose. But you can sort of tell by feeling his skin if he is hot.
You could bathe him in slightly cool water.
Buy a syringe and children's pedialyte drink. Children's pedialyte drink works better for hydration then water and gastorade.
After his bath put a fan on him.
If you can buy a thermometer you can take his temperature. Put a little ky jelly or vaseline on the tip of the thermometer. Insert into the rectum about an inch. Normal for a dog is 100-102.5 F. If he has a fever then cool him down with the baths and fan.
If his temperature is normal then the heat may have stressed another problem besides heat exhaustion to flare up.
So if he does not have a fever with the thermometer or he continues to be very lethargic and weak he needs to see the emergency vet.
I live about 2 hours from you. It is insanely hot here as well. I had to hose down a lot of animals today.
You can also rub some honey, karo syrup, or pancake syrup on his gums to increase his blood sugar in case it is low.
Monitor his gums color as well. If his gums become brick red, pale, purple, or blue he may be in shock and need emergency treatment.
Yes a hair cut is a really good idea.
Tomorrow is suppose to be very hot again. Maybe force him to stay inside until Sunday.
Okay great. Let me know if you have any other concerns or questions.
He should perk up with the honey, water bath, fan, and pedialyte if it is heat related.
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Holy moly he has a lot going on. I am glad to hear is feeling better. I hope the treatment goes well.