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Understanding Heatstroke in Dogs: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Causes of Heatstroke

Heatstroke in dogs, often triggered by hot weather, can occur due to various factors:

  • Summer Heat: Dogs left in cars, conservatories, or engaged in vigorous play can be prone to heatstroke.
  • Overexertion: Dogs may not know when to stop exercising, leading to overheating and collapse.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Recognising heatstroke symptoms in dogs is crucial for prompt intervention:

  • Excessive Panting: Dogs may exhibit heavy panting and signs of distress.
  • Weakness and Collapse: Heatstroke can progress rapidly, leading to collapse and loss of consciousness.

Treatment and Cooling Methods

If you suspect heatstroke in your dog, immediate action is necessary:

  • Gradual Cooling: Use damp towels or a gentle hose spray to cool your dog down gradually.
  • Avoid Sudden Temperature Changes: Do not submerge your dog in icy water, which can cause shock.

In severe cases, hospitalisation may be required for fluid therapy and supportive care to aid in recovery.