Dog owners are being urged to take extra care during this week's summer heatwave after one American Bulldog nearly died from heatstroke. Though his owner was taking precautions, this week's temperatures means needing to be EXTRA vigilant.
By, 24 Jul 2019
Vets brought the one-year-old pooch, Finlay, back from the brink of death after he collapsed earlier this week.
His owner, Shona McLaren, had taken him for a short walk in a park near her home in Glasgow. She said:
"I always bring water for Finlay to drink and keep his walks short. On this occasion, some children starting playing with him and he ran around for a few minutes."
"I saw him panting and was concerned that he might be getting too hot so decided to take him home to cool down."
Finlay takes a turn for the worse
Shortly after, Finlay's breathing became heavy and laboured. He then collapsed, and his tongue began turning blue, a clear sign of heatstroke.
Terrified Shona rushed Finlay to Glasgow's East PDSA Pet Hospital, where he received emergency treatment.
The dog's body temperature was dangerously high, so vets slowly brought it down to a safe level to avoid shock and organ failure.
Dog and owner were reunited a few hours later, and Finlay is recovering well from his recent ordeal.
Weather experts predict temperatures will rise to 36C this week, although high levels of humidity mean it's likely to feel much hotter. In fact, some suggest we're set to see the hottest July day ever recorded later this week.
And while many of us will be lapping up these rare moments of Mediterranean sunshine, it's arrival poses a serious threat to our pooches.
Terri Steel is a vet and canine health expert. She warned:
"It's especially important to make sure they don't overheat in the first place. Obese dogs, those with very thick coats, dogs that are dressed up, very young pets, and those with breathing problems are also all at higher risk."
Keep your cool this summer
Avoid any long walks during this week's hot weather, and try to exercise your dogs during the coolest parts of the day, such as early mornings or late evening. Take plenty of water with you during walkies, and if your pooch shows any sign of distress, seek medical advice immediately.
For more information on doggy first aid, visit the RSPCA website.