As the days start getting warmer it’s really important to remember that no animal should EVER be left in a car, conservatory or caravan on a hot day, even five minutes could prove to be fatal.  Brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds of dogs are particularly at risk, as well as those wearing muzzles, those with thick coats and nervous or excitable animals.

Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting and drooling, incoordination, vomiting, collapse, loss of consciousness and seizures.  If you have any concerns an animal may be suffering from heatstroke, it is vital that you move them to a cool, shaded area immediately, wet them with cool water and call a vet straight away.

You can reduce the risk of heatstroke by avoiding exercising your pet during the hottest hours of the day, avoiding strenuous activity, allowing free access to cool, shaded and indoor areas with plenty of water available and by calling your vet straight away if you have any concerns.

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