A Stroud vets has warned that pets are at risk of heatstroke during the current spell of hot weather.

Clockhouse Vets has urged people to think about their pet's safety during the heatwave.

Heatstroke can occur in hot or humid weather if pets have no access to shade or water, are exercised or are left in a car.

Dogs are at greater risk if they are obese, a brachycephalic breed or are less than six months old.

Symptoms of heatstroke in dogs include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Bright pink/red tongue or gums
  • A lolling tongue
  • Lethargy and reluctance to exercise
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness

Owners are encouraged to keep their pets in a cool, shaded place with lots of water available.

If you think your dog is overheating or suffering from heatstroke, contact your vet right away. For the best chance of survival, dogs need to have their body temperature lowered gradually.

Advice from the RSPCA states you should:

  • Move the dog to a shaded and cool area
  • Immediately pour cool (not cold to avoid shock) water over the dog. If possible, you can also use wet towels or place them in the breeze of a fan
  • Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water
  • Continue to pour cool water over the dog until their breathing starts to settle, but not too much that they start shivering

More advice is available at myfamilyvets.co.uk