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Preventing Heatstroke in dogs



You never know if this Indian Summer will continue, however it is still important to ensure that you take the correct precautions to prevent your dog from suffering from heatstroke. This condition can be fatal, often happening if a dog is kept locked away in a house or a car without ventilation, shade or water. Furthermore it can also occur as a result of too much excitement or stress.

There are multiple factors that can intensify a dog's risk of developing heatstroke, these include:

  • Too much humidity.
  • If your dog is very overweight.
  • Enclosed space.
  • If your dog has been involved in Intensive exercise.
  • If you have a senior dog.
  • Too little water.
  • Boxers and pugs are at a specific risk.
  • If your dog suffers from Respiratory disease.


All it really takes to prevent this dangerous problem is thoroughness and common sense. It is important to never leave a dog unattended in a car or secured out in direct sunlight.

The signs of heatstroke

  • Very heavy salivating.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Vomiting
  • Acute panting.
  • If their body temperature reaches (40.5º C or higher)


If you feel that your dog may be suffering from heatstroke, the contact your vet as a mater of urgency.

GJW Titmuss

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