Fit and healthy dog dies from heatstroke after going out for a walk in the heatwave

The RSCPA has issued a terrifying warning about the hot weather after a fit and healthy dog died from heatstroke.

The five-year-old dog’s owner had taken him out for a walk at 9am when it was 21 degrees.

A spokesman for the animal charity’s Altrincham Cheshire branch said: “This morning we were informed a local dog died of heat stroke after being taken on a walk at 9am when the temperature was 21 degrees.

“The dog was otherwise fit and healthy.

“Despite lots of warnings about the heat we still see dogs being walked to the shops, on the school run, or as soon as owners get in from work.

We do understand the crucial nature of walking your dog, however please bear in mind that walking in high temperatures can cause serious and irreversible damage, and in some cases death.

“Yesterday the highest temperature for the day was at 4pm but this is when most of the dogs we spotted were out and about.

“It does not matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed or ‘used to the heat’. Please be mindful of its needs.”

The signs of heatstroke in dogs include panting excessively, staggering, having seizures and having a high body temperture.

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