Signs of heatstroke in dogs, cats and small furries

Heatstroke is a serious problem for our pets and can even be fatal.

Heatstroke is a serious illness which happens when your pet overheats and their body temperature rises. It’s an emergency situation and needs treatment right away.

Our pet’s small size and furry coats means they can’t cool down as easily as we can. Some pets are more likely to suffer from overheating:

  • Flat-faced breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Persian cats, and Netherland dwarf of Lionhead rabbits

  • Pets with very thick fur

  • Old or very young pets

  • Overweight pets

  • Pets with breathing or lung problems.

Signs of heatstroke in dogs:

  • Heavy panting or trouble breathing

  • Extreme drooling

  • Vomiting or diarrhoea

  • Dog is tired or uncoordinated

  • Collapsing

  • Dry or sticky gums

  • Temperature

Signs of heatstroke in cats:

  • Pacing or other signs of distress

  • Red tongue

  • Heavy panting

  • Excessive grooming

  • Vomiting

  • Unable to walk properly or collapsed

  • Increased heart rate

Signs of heatstroke in rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furries:

  • Rapid breathing

  • Lethargy

  • Unconsciousness

  • Fitting

  • Confusion

  • Reddening of the ears (in rabbits)

If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke, contact your local Clyde Vets branch. It is very important they receive veterinary treatment immediately.

Read more about the ways you can help prevent your pet getting heatstroke.