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    • 23 JUL 14

    Heatstroke – early warning signs

    Dog sitting in a car

    Heatstroke can be fatal. Some dogs are more prone than others:

    • dogs with short snouts

    • fatter/muscular dogs

    • long-haired breeds

    • old/young dogs

    • dogs with certain diseases/on certain medication


    Heatstroke develops when dogs can’t reduce their body temperature. Symptoms include:

    • heavy panting

    • profuse salivation

    • rapid pulse

    • very red gums/tongue

    • lethargy

    • lack of coordination

    • reluctance/inability to rise after collapsing

    • vomiting

    • diarrhoea

    • loss of consciousness.


    Heatstroke – first aid

    Act quickly – heatstroke can be fatal!
    If pets show any signs of heatstroke, move them to a shaded, cool area.

    Ring your vet immediately.

    • Urgently, gradually lower their body temperature:

    • Immediately douse them with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock – you could use a shower, or spray and place them in the breeze of a fan.

    • Let them drink small amounts of cool water.

    • Continue dousing until their breathing settles – never cool pets so much that they begin shivering.

    Once your pet is cool, immediately take them to the vet.