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Watch: 13-stone St Bernard rescued after collapsing while out on walk

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Nothing makes dogs happier than going out for walks. Yet, there are so many dangers to be aware of. One of them is heat stroke, even as winter approaches.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the , Updated on the

About a month ago, the Civil Guard in Barcelona received a call from a panicked dog owner.

The owner’s dog, a 13-stone St Bernard named Zac, had collapsed while taking a walk in the Garraf park.

 

Rescuers get call about passed out St Bernard

Unfortunately, the park is quite difficult to access for vehicles, so the rescuers had to get to Zac on foot. Despite it being tough terrain, they did everything they could to get to Zac as fast as possible.

Once they arrived on the scene, they realised that the poor dog had suffered a heat stroke. Time was of the essence and they needed to get Zac to a vet clinic as fast as possible.

Civil Guard carry huge dog down trail

Using tarps and bags they had on hand, the rescuers carried the huge dog down the park path. It took them 30 minutes to reach a vehicle, but thankfully, they got Zac the help he needed just in time.

Within just a few days, Zac was back on his feet and recovering well. But let this story be a reminder that it can take very little for big dogs like Zac to suffer from heat stroke!

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