How to cook a dog – hot car recipes…

So today we are going learn how to cook a dog, this is a seasonal dish for car owners easiest to prepare during the summer period and can be done in as little as 10 minutes during the sun’s peak hours.

Now the entire goal of the cooking process is to overwhelm the internal regulation of the dogs temperature which is controlled in the brain so we need to raise the temperature to above 41 degrees Celsius. The best way to do this is by parking the car in direct sunlight, and limiting the sources of ventilation – simply leave the window open a slit which will ensure fresh oxygen whilst not lowering the temperature of the car.

You can tell when this is starting to occur with heat cramps and heat exhaustion where the dogs’ activity decreases and they cannot walk without pain. At this stage you are well on your way to cooking your dog and have successfully overcome many of the dogs protective response systems…

  • The behaviour mechanism is overwhelmed as the dog cannot move to a cool area…
  • The blood flow to organs decreases and flow to the skin increases…
  • There is no evaporative cooling as the air exchange is not high enough because we leave just a slit of the window open… and then this only really works when the tongue is wet.
  • Radiation and convection (movement of heat from hot to cold) do not work as all the extra heat has nowhere to go, the environment is all hot…

So just keep going, it’s only going take a little while longer until your dog is cooked. The dogs’ body still isn’t ready to give up though, and a big response from the cells will try to protect the tissue for the injury that is coming.

Now we are here, the bodies organs start to shut down, the temperature causes the cells inside these organs to die. Here the enzymes start not working so cell energy production changes to not use oxygen anymore, we need to be careful here as the pH will change to acidosis.

The brain cells start to die as well now, there is also big swelling, and now maybe you will see some seizures or coma.

The cells from the lining inside the stomach and intestines die, and break off into the gut causing loads of bleeding. The same with the kidneys with cells from the kidney dying and breaking off. Most important here is making the liver is properly cooked, this is where the cells for blood clotting are made so if we get rid of this then we can get rid of all the blood from the body by uncontrollable bleeding.

If you are here your dog is pretty cooked. How long did that take? 15 minutes? 30 minutes?

If you suspect a dog is suffering from heatstroke you need to get them cooled and to a vet

The best way is to transport them on the backseat of a car sprayed with cold water and with both windows open to help the cooling process. DO NOT USE WET TOWELS – this is a myth and will in fact trap the heat inside the body.

If you have to go somewhere not allowing dogs,, it may be kinder to leave them in the shade at home.

The exams are here…

It has been a very long sleep deprived. This past week I have done two of my end of year exams. Monday was pathological physiology and today was epizootiology (infectious diseases). Next week on Wednesday I have pathological anatomy so whilst I have done 2 in a single week, there is no time to celebrate and the study must go on.

Pathological physiology is the study of functional problems in the body, so why the body goes wrong and the processes involved in this. One of my questions here was about anemia – a lack of red blood cells. This is pretty simple right? Not so as the question started with the different classifications for anemia, then there are the different causes, and then finally there are the compensation mechanisms to help the body survive the anemia. All of these processes are intricately linked together and to other body systems – for example the kidneys are involved to increase blood volume to increase blood pressure.

Then it was followed up by ruminal alkalosis in cows, and then disorders of the parathyroid gland which is responsible for the balance of calcium and phosphorus in the body.

Epizootiology is the study of diseases – bacteria and viruses – their spread and the diagnosis. Today my questions were based on picornaviruses (the cause of foot and mouth disease), bovine herpesvirus, and the causes of Mastitis.

Sometimes there is just so much to take in that I just do not know where to begin. Now I am going sleep so I am fresh to start study for pathological anatomy tomorrow.

The doubts of being a vet student….

Sometimes I really wonder if I am good enough to be here. Sure sometimes I can make a good call or get to do cool stuff, but at the end of the day its whether my exams are passed and I can memorise tables and tables of diseases and parasites.

That is what I have been doing the past few days I have been studying for my exams and so have been living, sleeping and breathing books. However for everything that goes in it feels like 10 things are forgotten. Looking at what I need to memorise I feel that it is an impossible task.

Though I want to specialise in surgery I still need to qualify as a vet to get there, and was reminded of this fact by a very good friend the other day. The problem with being a vet student is there is so much to learn, and though each time I step into surgery I learn something it tends to be random with no structure. However surgery is easy to learn as everything makes sense, and I can see it within my head so can see what needs to happen and how. Sadly this is not always the case as with diseases and parasites you need to memorise stuff you may, or may not see at some point in practice. So until my exams are complete I am stepping out of surgery unless there is something really special or I get called in on an emergency.

I guess the only thing I can do here is to spend as much time as I can studying, and then hope that when I get to the exam I actually remember something. I am nervous, stressed and scared that I won’t pass, I really don’t want to fail. So now I am going back to study. I’ve got just over 30 hours until the first exam.