A DOG has died from severe heatstroke after collapsing during a walk in the UK’s sweltering heatwave.
Speedy the greyhound passed away this morning in Kings Cross, London, after being rushed to the vets on Tuesday.
The dog’s owner said she left her pet in the hands of a dog walker.
He then began to experience symptoms after being taken out in the midday heat and was taken home in an air-conditioned car – with his condition not obvious.
Once back at home, Speedy collapsed and had a fit.
Staff at Medivet in Hampstead, London, hosed the dog down with cool water and put him on a drip to administer fluids.
Speedy was given a plasma transfusion to allow his blood to clot properly.
He was rushed to the Royal Veterinary College yesterday and today died from kidney failure.
His owner Karen Pierce told Metro.co.uk: “Speedy is 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.
“He was loaded into a van with a number of other dogs whose body temperatures must have made him suffer terribly.”
Pet owners have been urged not to take their dogs for out for walks, nor to leave them alone in cars during the hot weather – even with the windows open.
RSPCA VET Dr Michael Lazaris said: “Prevention is much better than a cure so try to keep your pets indoors or in a cool, shaded area when the temperatures are hitting 30C and higher.
“If your pet slows down, looks dazed, drools or pants excessively, vomits or even has a seizure then please speak to a vet as soon as possible as these are all symptoms of heatstroke.
“If your pet is elderly, overweight or has ongoing health problems or problems caused by extreme breeding – such as flat-faced dogs – then they can feel the effects of the heat more quickly so please keep that in mind.”