I'll ask Joséphine to look at this because I really want to know what to do, should the unthinkable happen. I always thought ice water was to be avoided, but if Mel is recommending it, maybe I've been wrong all along.
- Little Jo Wheek
The first treatment on the way to the vet's is to use some cooling methods. I go with lukewarm water, actually. We do use some alcohol as Mel suggests. The key is to cool gradually, but not too slow or fast. Then IV fluids and other medications as indicated. I think mannitol for brain swelling is on there. I haven't dealt with one since last summer, so my brain is rusty. Some vets also give steroids. I think you don't have a chance in the world with SQ fluids and this. It's a true medical emergency. It's kinda like putting a band-aid on a severed artery.
I did lose one myself. I think I was about 11-12 years old. And it wasn't even mine--I was just babysitting her. All of the pigs lived in the garage at the time. We went through a week of triple digit highs. We routinely used ice bottles and fans for the animals. One day was 113F. I remember the day all too well. My sister's outdoor rabbits both died before our eyes as well as the poor pig. My mom was on the phone with the vet's office trying to get info while we were dousing the animals with cool water and screaming and sobbing as they were dying. Needless to say the animals that survived all moved indoors for the rest of eternity--more or less.
Another quick chapter was a few years earlier when my mom (and sister) left her pig in the cage on the shaded patio one day for a few hours after cleaning his cage. He cooked, too, but I remember it less since we were both younger.
The first story was one of my scarring childhood stories. Now you know why I will never adopt to ANYONE who houses pigs outdoors in any weather.
- Little Jo Wheek
Now that I'm working in an emergency facility, things are done differently than in most "day-only" practices. Most of the emergency docs I work with have been out of school 5-10 years, which also makes a difference in treatment protocols.