Signs Your Dog May Be in Shock

Knowing the signs of shock could help save your dog's life.

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Shock is an acute situation requiring immediate medical attention. It occurs when the cardiovascular system is not properly circulating blood, which can happen following a serious injury or severe illness. Signs of shock in dogs include:

  • Acute onset of fatigue; weakness
  • Decreased body temperature and cold extremities
  • Dilated pupils
  • Lack of responsiveness
  • Light, fluttering heartbeat
  • Pale inner eyelids and pale grayish gums
  • Rapid, shallow breathing

If you believe your dog is experiencing shock, wrap him in a blanket for warmth, keep his lower body elevated, and keep him quiet. Take him to the closest emergency veterinarian, calling ahead so the staff is prepared for your arrival.










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