• Protect your pets

How to Deal with Heatstroke


The sun is shining and the warm weather has turned up a notch. Summer is here!

Whilst we’re enjoying the glorious sunshine and soaking up the rays, let’s not forget about our furry friends who suffer from the heat far more easily than we do.

Sadly, one of the most common consequences of hot weather for our pets is heatstroke. Heatstroke happens when our pet's body overheats, usually due to prolonged exposure to external heat - the sun. When our pets are hot, the only way they can release heat is through their paws and around their nose, so they try to keep themselves cool by panting. 

When our pets are no longer able to self regulate and keep their temperature at a comfortable level, urgent treatment should be sought immediately. We’d like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the signs of heatstroke, how to prevent it, and what you should do if your pet is suffering.

What are the signs of heatstroke?

  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive thirst
  • Barking or whining 
  • Very red gums
  • Drooling more than usual
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Staggering, weakness or collapsing

How do you prevent heatstroke?

  • Keep your pet well groomed
  • Make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh, clean water
  • Avoid walking your dog during the hottest parts of the day (opt for early in the morning or late at night)
  • Keep your pet in a shaded area when they are outside

What should you do if your pet is suffering?

Although we normally associate heatstroke with dogs, it’s important to remember that cats and small furries can also suffer.

If your pet is suffering from heatstroke, or if you’re unsure and need advice, call your local Medivet immediately.

Remember, dogs die in hot cars

“Not long” is too long. If you see a dog alone in a hot car, please call 999 immediately.

We’re always happy to provide you with further information and advice on how to care for your pet throughout the summer. So give your local Medivet practice a call or pop in to see them for a chat.

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