ALTHOUGH most of us are delighted that we are finally getting some hot weather it is very important to remember to take extra care of our four-legged friends.

Heat stroke can be fatal, with an average survival rate of 50% for dogs diagnosed with heat stroke. It is very important to be aware of the risk and know the signs of heat stroke, as well as knowing how to keep your dog cool.

Keeping your dog cool

As the temperature goes up there are some simple steps you can take to help keep your dog safer and more comfortable. Start by restricting exercise and if you are bringing your dog for a walk do so early in the morning when temperatures are not as high.

Never leave your dog in the car, a hot room or any form of a sun trap. Make sure that they have access to drinking water at all times, this water should be kept in a cool, shaded area.

If your dog appears to be getting too hot you can spray them with cool water to help bring down their body temperature.

Signs of heat stroke:

  • Eyes: Glassy, fearful expression
  • Mouth: Heavy panting, excessive drooling, red or purple gums and tongue, vomiting
  • Legs: Collapsing or staggering
  • Body: High body temperature
  • Heart: Racing heart
  • Brain: Seizures
  • What to do if you think your dog has heat stroke:

  • Move into a cool, shaded area.
  • Offer small amounts of tepid water to drink.