We’ve already had some really warm days this summer and we’re hoping that the sun is set to stick around for a while longer. Sadly, the flip side of hot weather is the risk of heatstroke in dogs, so we’ve put together this guide so that you can look out for the signs and know what to do if it happens to your four-legged friend…
What is heatstroke?
This is a life-threatening condition whereby the body temperature increases to the point where organ failure and even death can occur.
Why do dogs get heatstroke?
What do we humans do when the temperatures soar? We remove our layers! Dogs obviously can’t do this, and as they are unable to sweat like humans in order to cool down, it’s harder for them to regulate their body temperature.
It’s important to also note that while heatstroke is more prevalent during hot spells, dogs can also develop it if they exercise excessively in warm weather, or if they are left in a humid environment that is poorly ventilated (including a car).
Are there certain dogs more susceptible to heatstroke?
Higher risk dogs include:
Early signs of heatstroke in dogs
Advanced signs of heatstroke in dogs
What to do if you suspect heatstroke
Acting immediately can save your pet’s life so your first course of action should include:
Can I prevent heatstroke happening to my dog?
While you can’t completely prevent it happening, you can certainly minimise the risk by following these guidelines, especially during the summer months:
Make sure you bookmark this blog and share it with friends so that your furry friends can stay as safe as possible this summer. We are a dog-friendly site here at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, and we love meeting your best friends, but we do ask that you do not bring your dogs for a visit on hot days. We have a temperature gauge by our front gate, and if it reaches the maximum temperature that dogs can be comfortably outside, we will have to refuse admission to your dog, so do take note before you set off to visit us on the heat situation.
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