Heatstroke kills- know the signs

Heatstroke kills- know the signs

Today is forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far and we’re looking forward to relaxing and catching some rays.

What we don’t want to be doing is treating lots of dogs for heatstroke! But sadly every year we see some cases and they can be really serious, even fatal- although fortunately all the dog’s we’ve treated did survive.

We all know dogs die in hot cars- NEVER leave your dog in a car, even with the window open and call the police if you see a dog left in a car.

However dogs are at risk even out on their normal walk in this weather. We advise walking early in the morning and later in the evening, always having fresh water available and looking out for signs of overheating.

Flat faced dogs (Brachycephalic breeds) are more at risk, so stafs (like the gorgeous Kai here), pugs, French Bulldogs- all breeds we see a lot of in Islington!

Signs of heatstroke include:

  • Laboured and or fast breathing/ heavy panting
  • Weakness, disorientation
  • Bright red tongue/ drooling
  • Collapse
  • Diarrhoea/ vomiting

Heatstroke is a medical emergency, if left your dog can go in to a coma and severe organ damage and death can occur. You need to seek immediate veterinary attention where intravenous fluids and other treatment can be administered.

If in any doubt DON’T wait and see, call us or your own vet.

While on your way to the vet soak towels in cold water (not freezing) and lay them over your dog, have cool water available and try to encourage drinking.

We are open Saturday 9-3.30, Sunday 10-2 (at our Canonbury, Essex Road Practice), at any other time our emergency 24 hour cover is available nearby on 020 7794 4948.