Kenneth Drobatz, DVM, MSCE, DACVIM, DACVECC

Dr. Kenneth J. Drobatz received his veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis in 1985 and a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003…

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Heatstroke in Exotic Companion Mammals

Heatstroke is the most severe form of heat-related illnesses. In this life-threatening condition, the body is unable to dissipate heat load at a rate that accommodates excessive heat levels.

Begin treatment immediately once heatstroke is suspected. Intensive care is aimed at reducing body temperature while supporting organ function. A variety of techniques can be used to lower core body temperature. Administration of intravenous or intraosseous fluids is a popular internal cooling technique that also serves to support organ function…