Dog breeds most at risk of heatstroke listed amid SSPCA warning
The SSPCA has warned dog owners as there are increasing reports of dogs suffering from heat stroke, some of which die from the high temperatures.
Although the Met Office in Glasgow issued a yellow weather warning for tomorrow (July 27), it will see highs of 24 ° C today after a heat wave that saw the city basking in 30 ° C last week.
As Scotland experiences such weather, the Scottish SPCA and vets have issued warnings to owners advising them not to walk dogs – or keep them in cars in hot weather.
One owner was devastated after her French bulldog died of heat stroke and brain damage last week after a short walk in a field near Livingston, the Daily Record reports.
Laura Kyle, 32, found three-year-old Betty limp and unresponsive shortly after her walk and took her to the vet where she was found to be overheating.
The puppy was euthanized later that day and now her owner wants her sudden death to serve as a warning to others to take their dog for a walk in the heat.
Temperatures can rise quickly in a confined space as vehicles are twice as high as the outside air – which means today’s 24 ° C equates to a deadly 48 ° C.
Vets Now said the Vets Now animal emergency service often sees spikes in emergency calls as warmer weather sets in, warning that temperatures above 20 ° C can expose dogs to heat stroke.
The survival rates for this are only 50 percent.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said it can only take a few minutes for a dog to overheat in a hot vehicle and an open window or bowl of water just isn’t good enough.
He said, “Our message is simple – don’t risk it. If there is a chance you will leave your dog in the car on a warm, cloudy day, simply leave your pet at home with plenty of water and adequate ventilation.
“If your pet is outdoors, make sure there is adequate shelter where they can escape the sun.
“A dog in a hot car is in serious and imminent danger and a member of our team will deal with any report as soon as possible.
“If someone observes a dog in a car on a hot day, contact 999 immediately. If a dog in a car is in a critical situation and the police are absent, the instinct may be to smash a car window to get the dog off the ground Break out .
“This could be classified as criminal harm without proper justification and anyone who does so may have to defend themselves in court.
The law states that someone can legally break in and damage the owner’s property if they think the owner would agree if they know the circumstances.
He continued, “We would advise anyone trying to break a dog out of a hot car to inform the Scottish SPCA and the Scottish Police first and this should always be a last resort.
“We would also advise recording the names and numbers of witnesses and taking photos and videos of the dog.”
According to experts, purebred dogs have twice the risk of crossbreeding and the most vulnerable breeds of dogs are different.
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Breeds of dogs most at risk of overheating
- Chow chow
King Charles Spaniel
English springer spaniel
What are the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs?
- Excessive panting
- Reddened gums
- Mental dullness or loss of consciousness
- Uncoordinated movement
- To collapse
Heat stroke in dogs can also cause problems that may not be visible, including brain swelling, kidney failure, intestinal bleeding, and abnormal blood clotting.