Heat Stroke First Aid
Weakness and lethargy Heavy panting Hot extremities (ears, nose, feet) Collapse Loss of consciousness
If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke move him/her to a shaded, cool area and phone your vet immediately for advice.
HEAT STROKE CAN BE FATAL AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE TREATED AS AN EMERGENCY
Dogs suffering from heat stroke need to have their body temperature lowered – this must be done gradually to avoid shock
1. Immediately douse your dog with cool (not cold) water. You could put your dog in a shower or use a spray filled with cool water, then place your dog in the breeze of a fan.
2. Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water.
3. Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle – never cool your dog so much that he/she starts to shiver.
4. Once cooled – take your dog straight to the vets. If you are unable to do any of numbers 1-3 then get your dog to a vets as soon as possible where the nursing team can start cooling your dog.