FECAVA Infographics on heatstroke

As extreme summer temperatures hit across Europe, FECAVA produced an Infographic to inform pet owners to prevent and recognize signs of a life-threatening situation – heatstroke.


Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms can’t keep the body’s temperature in a safe range. Dogs don’t have efficient cooling systems like humans (who sweat) and can get overheated easily.

Restlessness, heavy panting, red or pale gums, vomiting, lethargy, lack of appetite or coordination, collapse/shock/coma.

Dogs at increased risk:

  • Obese
  • Brachycephalic
  • Working, competition dogs
  • With dark coat color
  • Physically unfit dogs exercising in hot/humid conditions
  • At 32+ °C, heatstroke is a significant risk regardless of physical fitness, size, color or breed!

Did you know?

  • Dogs can also get heatstroke (burns on paws) from everyday activities like running, walking, or playing.
  • The longer dogs experience very high body temperature, the more likely they are to die.
  • Brain damage can occur at core temperatures as low as 41°C.
  • The mortality rate is around 50%.

Heatstroke is a preventable condition!

How to prevent heatstroke:

  • Restrict exercise
  • Always provide drinking water and a shaded spot
  • Walk the dog only in the morning or later in the evening
  • Never leave the dog in a car or hot room
  • Be aware of your dog’s health issues

Steps to take if you are worried your dog has heat stroke:

  • Find some shade, move your dog out of the heat to a cold surface
  • Offer small drinks of cool water
  • Apply cool towels to the head, neck, and chest
  • Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately!

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