Dog dies from kidney infection after overheating during boiling lunchtime walk

Medivet???s north London???s veterinary team are urging pet owners to be highly vigilant during this week???s high temperatures after a dog was left fighting for its life from severe heatstroke. Speedy the greyhound suffered heatstroke after just a short lunchtime walk in the park. When he was admitted to local practice Medivet Hampstead, the six-year-old greyhound was in a critical state as his body temperature reached over 43 degrees. Provider: Medivet
Speedy died of a kidney infection after becoming too hot (Picture: Medivet)

A dog has died after suffering from kidney failure and severe heatstroke during a lunchtime walk in the park.

Speedy the greyhound had been out with a dog walker on Tuesday when his body temperature reached 43°C, causing him to pant heavily and later have a seizure. He was taken to Medivet in Hampstead, London, where staff hosed him down with cold water and put him on a drip to administer fluids. But they quickly realised his condition was more serious and he was rushed to an animal hospital in Hendon.

Speedy then underwent a plasma transfusion to allow his blood to clot properly and was placed in critical care overnight with one-to-one nursing support.

Medivet???s north London???s veterinary team are urging pet owners to be highly vigilant during this week???s high temperatures after a dog was left fighting for its life from severe heatstroke. Provider: Google Map
He was taken to the vets in a critical condition (Picture: Google)
But sadly the dog died from a kidney infection early this morning after being taken to the Royal Veterinary College yesterday evening. His owner Karen Pierce has said that Speedy should never have been walked in the heat to begin with.thumbnail for post ID 10468294Grammar school tells boy, 11, he can't attend unless he cuts long hairShe told Metro.co.uk: ‘Speedy was in the care of a dog walker whilst I am abroad. Speedy should not have been taken out in these high temperatures as he is particularly sensitive to heat.

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‘He was loaded into a van with a number of other dogs whose body temperatures must have made him suffer terribly.’

Experts have now warned owners and dog walkers to watch out for signs their animals are struggling to cope in the warm weather.

Veterinary surgeon at the Hampstead branch Sarah Furminger said: ‘Unfortunately, owners do not always realise that their dogs are suffering from heatstroke as one of the main symptoms is heavy panting.

‘If owners do suspect heatstroke, it is critical that they act quickly and seek advice immediately to give their pets the best chance of survival.’

thumbnail for post ID 10466937French bulldog puppy has nose job to save her lifeMedivet Hendon’s lead veterinary surgeon Jerry Dunne added: ‘While any dog can suffer heatstroke, breeds with thick fur, short noses and those with pre-existing medical conditions, such as obesity, are at a higher risk.

‘Similarly, extremely active or working dogs are more susceptible and should be watched carefully during this period of unusually hot weather.’