Published: 22 June 2018

With the weather heating up, it's time to monitor our four-legged friends to make sure they don't suffer in the high temperatures.

One ailment to be aware of is heatstroke. Heatstroke normally happens when a dog loses its in-built ability to regulate its body temperature. Dogs do not sweat all over their bodies the way humans do. Their body temperature is chiefly regulated by respiration such as panting. If a dog’s respiratory tract fails to clear heat quickly enough, heatstroke may take place.

What are the signs of heatstroke in dogs?

  • Hyperventilation
  • Excessive panting
  • Dry gums that become pale
  • Increased salivation
  • Erratic or rapid pulse
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
    • Possibly rectal bleeding
  • In extreme cases breathing can slow down and fitting can occur

Because overheating can be life-threatening if not treated immediately, noticing the early signs of heat exhaustion will surely reduce the chances of heatstroke.

If you are concerned your pet may have over-heated or be suffering from heat stroke please contact your vet immediately.

We discuss this and other safety considerations on our First Aid for Dogs course. Check out forthcoming courses taking place in Surrey, Sussex, London and the Midlands.


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