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
Pets with breathing or lung problems.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs:
Heavy panting or trouble breathing
Vomiting or diarrhoea
Dog is tired or uncoordinated
Dry or sticky gums
Signs of heatstroke in cats:
Pacing or other signs of distress
Unable to walk properly or collapsed
Increased heart rate
Signs of heatstroke in rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furries:
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.