Heatstroke symptoms: Signs you should not ignore in children and dogs as mercury soars

As temperatures are expected to reach a whopping 37C in parts of the UK today, it’s important to stay vigilant.

It’s officially a heatwave, and forecasters say there is a 30% chance the UK’s all-time heat-record of 38.5C could be surpassed on Thursday.

While it may sound like the perfect time to throw on your bikini and lie out in the heat, it can be dangerous.

Too much sun can be especially dangerous for children, babies, elderly and dogs.

One of the things we should be aware of is heatstroke.

Young people and elderly over 75 are at highest risk of getting heatstroke.

If dogs are too hot and unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they can develop heatstroke which can kill, warn the RSPCA.

Heatstroke in dogs:

The RSPCA has issued four warning signs of heatstroke in dogs you should be looking for.

These are:

• Is the dog panting heavily?

• Is the dog drooling excessively?

• Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated?

• Is the dog collapsed or vomiting?

If you see a dog in a hot car displaying any signs of heatstroke, the RSPCA urge to “dial 999 immediately as the dog could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure”.

If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms you should “move them to a cool, shaded area and call a vet immediately”.

Be especially vigilant about dogs who are more prone to heatstroke – very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats, or dogs with short flat faces like pugs and bulldogs.

You can read more about heatstroke in dogs on the RSPCA website.

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