- Panting, which increases as heatstroke progresses.
- Drooling, salivating.
- Agitation, restlessness.
- Bright red tongue.
- Very red or pale gums.
- Increased heart rate.
- Breathing distress.
- Vomiting, diarrhoea (possibly with blood)
In fact, here's a handy infographic:
Additionally, here are some pro-tips for paw-parents:
1. Watch out for scotched earth
We walk our dogs when we are free, but forget that our dogs don’t wear clothes or protective footwear. It only takes minutes to burn their paws – and it can be too hot at temperatures that you or I think of as comfortable. Even in 25 degrees Celsius weather, asphalt and tarmac can reach 50 degrees Celsius! So if you are thinking of walks after 11am, this should give you paws for thought.
2. Avoid hot periods
Actually our days start to get too warm for Fido from around 10.30am onwards. The heat stays in the ground for a long time as well, so mark 10.30am to after 6pm as your "no-walk" time zones. Unless of course, you only plan to walk in shade.
3. Don’t leave your best friend in a car with windows up
I used to have two sets of car keys – one to leave in the car to keep the engine and air-con running for my dog whilst I ran errands, and the other to open and lock the doors in the meantime. This way, I don't have to worry about leaving my dog in a four-wheeled oven for too long. Obviously, it's not legal to leave the engine running and the car parked - unless, of course, you have an electric car. In which case, chalk one up for going green!
If you've read this far, here's a reward: a compliation of dogs enjoying a cooling-down: