A DOG has died from kidney failure and severe heatstroke after his body temperature reached 43C during a lunchtime walk in the park during the heatwave.
The greyhound became ill and started panting heavily during a walk on Tuesday, and later that evening had a seizure from the heat and was admitted into a veterinary hospital.
The dog’s owner said she was away and had left her pet in the care of a dog walker and is furious that he was taken outside in such hot weather.
Speedy the dog, who began to experience symptoms after being walked in the midday heat, was said to have been taken home in an air-conditioned car – so the damage to his body was not obvious.
Once at home, the dog continued to pant and then collapsed and had a fit.
Speedy the greyhound was then rushed to a vet where he was hosed down with cool water and put on a drip to administer fluids.
Staff at Medivet in Hampstead, London, realised that the dog’s condition was far worse than they had first thought.
They realised the hound would need a plasma transfusion to allow his blood to clot properly, and rushed him to the nearest emergency animal hospital.