Act quickly - heatstroke can be fatal! If dogs show any signs of heatstroke move them to a shaded, cool area and ring us immediately on 01502 578999
• heavy panting
• profuse salivation
• rapid pulse
• very red gums/tongue
• lack of co-ordination
• reluctance/inability to rise after collapsing
• loss of consciousness
Urgently, gradually lower their body temperature:
• Immediately douse them with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock, ensuring that it makes contact with the skin and paying particular attention to the head and neck - you could use a shower or spray and place them in the breeze of a fan.
• If they are having difficulty breathing remove the collar and open the airway by laying the dog on its side, extend the neck and pull out the tongue.
• Continue dousing until their breathing settles - 10 minutes should be more than enough. Never cool dogs so much that they begin shivering.
• Let them drink small amounts of cool water.
• Once your dog is cool, immediately go to the vet. Wet towels can be used during transportation.