You should never leave a dog or any
other pet inside a car during hot weather. In the United Kingdom this is an
offence for which you can be prosecuted. Every year though there is always
the cry of I thought he/she would be alright I only left him/her for 10
minutes while I went in the shop etc etc.
will suffer grave problems if they overheat, when rescued for many it is too
late to save them.
Dogs should not be allowed to stay in the sun for too long, there should
always be a shady spot for them, and of course a ready supply of clean cool
fresh drinking water for them to drink to stop dehydration.
What are the signs of Heatstroke?
The classic signs are panting- frothing at the mouth - collapse.
How do I treat Heatstroke?
Look for the early warning signs and remove the dog from the sun, place the
dog into a shady area or put a large umbrella over him/her. Sponge down the
whole body with cold water, or soak towels in cold water and place them over
the dog change the towels regularly as the heat of the body will warm them
quite quickly, if the dog will not drink of his/her own accord, then wipe
the mouth area with a clean wet cloth, if you do not have an electric fan
improvise one with a towel, or something that will cause a draught around
the dog, (do nothing though to panic him/her unnecessarily). If the dog has
collapsed continue with the above until professional help arrives and be
prepared to carry out the A.B.C procedure (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
should this become necessary.
When travelling with your dog in hot weather, make sure you stop regularly,
give your dog plenty of drinks, and keep a good circulation of air around
the dogs travelling area, (clip on battery operated fans are ideal for
this), and you can also buy special covers that reflect the heat away from
the dogs travel box, keeping the interior cool.
The best advice of all though for
travelling with your dog/dogs in hot weather is not to unless absolutely
NEVER throw buckets of water over the dog, or throw him/her into cold water,
as these actions will almost certainly put the dog into shock. Making the
situation far worse than it already is.
First Aid is not meant to replace veterinary