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
• lack of coordination
• reluctance/inability to rise after collapsing
• 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.