How to avoid heatstroke
Too much sun can be dangerous for dogs
Dogs need exercise, even when it’s hot, but owners need to be sensible to avoid the risk of heatstroke and burnt pads. Pavements can get really hot!
Signs that your dog may have burnt pads include limping or refusing to walk, licking or chewing at the feet, pads darker in colour, missing part of the pad, and blisters or redness.
Heatstroke is very serious in dogs. If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they will develop heatstroke which can kill. If a dog is displaying any signs of heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded area and call a vet immediately.
Some types of dog are more prone to heatstroke, like very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with very short flat faces, like pugs and bulldog types. Dogs with certain diseases or on some types of medication are also more at risk.
Warning signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, excessive drooling, lethargy, drowsiness and poor co-ordination, collapse and vomiting.
For the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered gradually.
Move him/her to a shaded/ cool area.
Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock. If possible, you can also use wet towels or place him/ her in the breeze of a fan.
Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water.
Continue to douse the dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle but never so much that he/she begins to shiver.
Once the dog is cool, take him/ her to the nearest vet as a matter of urgency.
If you see a dog in a hot car displaying any signs of heatstroke, dial 999 immediately as the dog could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure.
ABOVE: Dogs have their own ways of cooling down. Keep yours cool in very hot weather to avoid dangerous heatstroke