Each year, there occurs several dog deaths as a result of heatstroke. Unfortunately, not many dog owners know the dangers that come about as a result of high temperatures. According to PETA, 58 animals died in hot weather–related deaths in 2018 alone.
On a Facebook post, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) shared a heartbreaking story of a dog that tragically died from heatstroke. They wrote:
“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 5 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 does not matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed or ‘used to the heat’. Please be mindful of their needs. In the mean time, please look out for signs of heat stroke.”
Signs Of Heatstroke:
- Heavy panting
- Vomiting and bloody diarrhea
- Excessive thirst
- Glazed eyes
- Excessive drooling
- Bright or dark red tongue, gums
- Elevated body temperature (104ºF and up)
- Weakness, collapse
- Increased pulse and heartbeat
If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, or notice the signs of heatstroke mentioned above, make sure you act immediately!
- The first thing you should do is to move your dog to a cooler area. Try to get them cooled down quickly.
- Try to offer your dog small amounts of water to drink, not a large volume of water. That might cause your pet to vomit and you don’t want that to happen.
- Take your dog’s temperature if possible.
- When your dog seems more comfortable, call your veterinarian for next steps.
- The doctor may want to evaluate your dog even if he seems fully recovered.
Please take caution before taking your dog out for a walk this summer.
Remember to share this with your family and friends to keep our fury best-friends safe.