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