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Heatstroke in Dogs

Dogs die in hot cars

Many people still believe that it's ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's still a very dangerous situation for the dog. A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm. When it's 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

If you see a dog displaying any signs of heatstroke, call us immediately on 020 8542 4524 as the dog could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure.

Warning signs of heatstroke:

What is "heatstroke"?

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.

Emergency First Aid for dogs

Thanks to the RSPCA for this advice.