Heat Stroke 

It doesn't have to be sunny for your dog to overheat.

Getting out and about after lockdown is something we are all looking forward to and the warmer weather makes it even more special but remember Frenchies don't cope well in the heat.

What to do if your dog overheats 

Thank you to the PDSA for the following advice ...

What to do if you think your pet has heat stroke:

Step one: Check them

  • Check your pet for the common signs of heatstroke such as excessive panting, trouble breathing and collapse.
  • Avoid stressing your pet by staying calm and using a quiet voice to sooth them.
  • If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, phone your vets and start cooling them immediately (step two).

Step two: Cool them

  • Never use ice or very cold water to cool your dog – this could cause shock.
  • Move your pet into a cool space that is out of direct sunlight. If they are large, you may need to use a towel or blanket to move them.
  • Use a fan or air-conditioning to cool the air around them.
  • Give them cool (not freezing cold) water to drink.
  • Put them on top of a wet towel to start cooling them.
  • Slowly wet their feet, ears and fur.
  • Once your pet starts to cool down you can pour cool water over their body.

Step three: Call your vet

  • Call your vet for advice as soon as you have moved your pet into a cool area and started cooling them down.
  • If your pet is struggling to breathe, call your vet for advice immediately.
  • Transport your pet (ideally in an air-conditioned vehicle) and continue cooling them on the journey.