Guidelines for prevention, recognition, and immediate treatment of heat injury in dogs has remained stagnant over the past several decades. Despite this condition being one of the most common emergencies of both companion and working dogs, little effort has been given towards research and advancement of prevention or treatment strategies for this often preventable, and fatal condition. A recent in-depth look at the available scientific evidence shows that common prevention and treatment guidelines are not only lacking evidence, but also contradict the evidence where available. Lessons learned from the field have recently shown that a updates to treatment and prevention strategies are warranted, and recommendations most relevant to working dogs are provided here.
Presentation by: Janice Baker, DVM
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Dr. Janice Baker graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and completed internship at North Carolina State University from 1999-2000. She has served 14 combined years of service in the US Army Veterinary Corps on active duty and in the U.S. Army Reserve, the majority with units within U.S. Special Operations Command. Between her military service and other federal government service, she has deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Africa, specializing in medical contingency planning for high-risk operations. She uses this experience now with her company, Veterinary Tactical Group, providing training and consulting for civilian law enforcement and military tactical canine programs to mitigate hazards for working dogs and their human counterparts in high-risk tactical canine operations. She has a research focus in the area of occupational hazards and effects of environmental extremes on working dogs. When not on the road with Veterinary Tactical Group, Dr. Baker works in emergency practice in Fayetteville, North Carolina and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
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