Heat Stroke in Dogs

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The warm weather has been with us for quite some time now and looks set to stay for a little while longer. Our furry friends are incredibly susceptible to the heat, so here’s a few tips on prevention and what to do if your dog does suffer from heat exhaustion.

Prevention is better than cure

Restrict exercise.

Don’t leave animals in hot environments.

Ensure drinking water and shade are available

Walk early morning and evening

The Signs

Panting heavily

Drawling excessively

Lethargic and drowsy or uncoordinated

Collapse or vomiting

Red gums

High Temperature

Emergency First Aid

Move to a shaded cool area

Use cool, NOT COLD water to slowly reduce body temperature

Allow small amounts of water

Seek veterinary advice

Marie Keylock

Owner of Homes & Hounds