What to do if you think your dog has heatstroke
Because it doesn’t take long for heatstroke to become serious, it’s important to act as soon as you suspect your dog is suffering.
First, try to bring down their temperature by moving them to a cool, shaded area and spraying or bathing them in cool (not cold) water. You can use damp towels and a fan to help cool them down, and encourage them to drink some water.
Once you think they’ve cooled down, it’s important to have them checked out by a vet who can monitor their temperature and see if they’ve developed any complications.
In more serious cases, your dog might need to stay overnight for observation. This is why it’s important to make sure you have dog insurance that includes cover for illnesses.
If you’re concerned about your dog, it can be tempting to rush them straight to the vets. However, it’s important that you try to cool them down first. A study showed that 61% of dogs died of heatstroke when they were taken straight to the vet, compared to 38% when owners attempted to lower their temperature first.