As the heat rises across the country and people brace for the hottest day of the year so far, dog owners are being warned to ensure their pets are comfortable.
Vets and grooming salons are urging pet owners to check whether their dog is one of the breeds most at risk from the heat.
While all dogs can easily overheat the most vulnerable to hot weather are often brachycephalic breeds, those with shortened heads, noses and flat faces.
The breeds most at risk from the heat
Cavalier Charles Spaniel
Very young and older dogs are also at higher risk of heat stroke.
Obese, long-haired, and dark-coloured dogs can also have problems, as can dogs with hyperthyroidism, cardiopulmonary disease, laryngeal paralysis, or thick hair coats. Vets warn not to trim them too short as they can get sunburn.
Everything you need to know in the hot weather
Warning signs that your dog is overheating or suffering heatstroke
· Excessive drooling
· Increased body temperature – above 103° F (39° C)
· Bright red tongue
· Reddened gums
· Urinating only occasionally or not at all
· Rapid heartbeat or irregular beats
· Fluid build-up in the lungs; sudden breathing distress
· Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
· Passage of blood in the faeces
· Black, tarry stools
· Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding
· Changes in mental status
· Seizures or Coma
· Muscle tremors
· Wobbly gait or movement
· Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be brought round
Here are 11 ways to keep you dog cool in the hot weather.