Dog Dies Of Heat Stroke, Professionals Issue Dire Warning

A dog in the UK has passed away after a routine walk. Officials and the owner are issuing a warning.


With temperatures in Britain rising up to 30C (86F) last week, heatstroke can be more dangerous to cats and dogs than it is to humans, because they can't speak up to tell someone when something is wrong.


The warning comes after a ‘fit and healthy’ dog died tragically after going for a walk in northwestern England on June 28th. The dog died of heatstroke after going out for a walk in 21C heat (a mere 70F).



The RSPCA received 729 calls last week from people concerned about animals who had been left in the heat, including locked cars.



RSPCA spokesman for the Altrincham, Cheshire, branch said:


"This morning we have been informed that yesterday a local dog died of heat stroke after being taken on a walk at 9am when the temperature was 21 degrees. The dog was five-years-old and otherwise fit and healthy.


Despite lots of warnings about the heat we still see dogs being walked to the shops, on the school run, or as soon as owners get in from work.


We do understand the crucial nature of walking your dog, however please bear in mind that walking in high temperatures can cause serious and irreversible damage, and in some cases death.


Yesterday, the high for the day was at 4pm but this is when most of the dogs we spotted were out and about. It doesn’t matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed or ‘used to the heat’. Please be mindful of their needs.


In the meantime, please look out for signs of heat stroke."


According to the RSPCA’s information website, if you see a dog in a car suffering from heatstroke you should dial 999 as they could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure. For our American readers, we ask that you call 911.


Signs of heatstroke in a dog include: Excessive panting, excessive drooling, lethargy, appearing disorientated, collapsing or seeming unable to move and/or vomiting.




If they do show signs of heatstroke, they advise you to move them to a cool, shaded area and contact a vet immediately. Cool water can be applied to the belly and underside of the neck to wick away heat. Fans can aid in the cooling process as well.


Factors such as age, the thickness of coats or dogs with flat faces aka brachycephalic breeds (like pugs and bulldogs) play a part in susceptibility to heat stroke. Also, dogs with certain diseases or on certain medications are at risk.


Keep an eye out and be safe. Remember, this dog went for a walk when it was 'only' 21C (70F). Heat stroke can happen at lower temperatures than you think, especially for very furry or brachycephalic dogs.


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