Heatstroke in us dogs is serious and requires urgent medical attention!! If we are left in a hot environment for too long, or over exert ourselves in the heat, our body temperatures can go up. Now of course, I am not stupid enough to over exert myself, but my little sister Sasha is (I swear she would chase that stupid tennis ball until she collapsed, luckily Mum is sensible enough to limit her exercise).
A raised temperature is a real problem for us dogs; very quickly our cells can start to break down leading to organ failure and possibly death. Unfortunately, we can’t sweat like those humans so we have to cool down by panting or sweating through our pads and noses, in high temperatures this becomes ineffective. Please make your humans aware of the signs of heatstroke; there are lots of things that you and they can do to help prevent it.
Make sure you do not let your human leave you in a car on a warm day; cars are like ovens and can cook us extremely quickly, even with the windows ajar. Also take my advice on a hot day and lie in the shade, all this running around like a loony is madness. Please insist on your human providing you with drinking water at all times and you could even drop some hints about getting your own private paddling pool or maybe they could treat you to a lovely cool coat, like the one I am sporting in the picture. If your looking for a cool coat we can recommend www.keepcool.org.uk who supply cool coats in a range of different sizes and colours.
If you do not heed my advice, I beg you my little canine friends, if you feel so hot that you are panting fast, drooling, feel unwilling to move, feel sick and dizzy and have dark red gums PLEASE tell your human and try to get out of the heat! If you don’t, you could end up having convulsions, being in shock or worse still – dead! If you have let things go too far and you have asked your human for help, please instruct them to move you to shade before offering you a drink, then dousing you with tepid water, putting wet towels over you, using a fan to increase air movement and seeking veterinary attention. Take care out there, especially if you have a short nose as apparently you are more susceptible!