A heartbroken owner has warned of the dangers of walking dogs in high temperatures after losing her beloved French bulldog.
Although Betty was fine while walking with Laura, a beautician and her other dog, a pug called Frank, it was after she returned home that things took a turn for the worse.
Laura gave the two pooches water and left them to their own devices but found Betty limp and unresponsive that afternoon.
Betty was rushed to the vets, who told Laura her French Bulldog was suffering from heatstroke and it had affected her brain, leaving it damaged.
Tragically, Betty had to be put to sleep later that day.
Laura says she wants Betty’s sudden death to serve as a warning to other owners about walking their dog in hot weather and high temperatures.
She told the Record: “I was so close to her, I loved my dog so much, my dogs are the only things that keep me going.
“It’s because she was a wee rescue dog with cherry eyes, and that made me love her even more.
“I’ve had her for about two and a half years, and she had a few owners before me and I don’t understand why because she was amazing.
“It’s totally scarred me for life, she was such an amazing wee dog with so much love to give and she will be very sadly missed.
“When I first got her, I could tell she was terrified of life, she would cower away and didn’t even know her name, her claws were so big she could barely walk.
“It’s just absolutely gutting.”
Laura has urged other dog owners to make sure they check on their pets throughout the day while the weather is hot.
She said: “There were no warning signs at all, she jumped out of the car and she was completely fine when I brought them back home.
“I had gone out and when I came back, I found her lying limp so I immediately put a wet towel around her.
“I phoned the vets and they said to bring her in straight away, and they put her on a drip but they said it was too late.
“It was heartbreaking. I loved her with all my heart, and never thought that taking her for a walk would lead to this.”
The RSCPA recommends walking your dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler to reduce the risk of heatstroke and burning their paws on the pavement.
Warning signs of heatstroke in dogs include heavy panting, excessive drooling, your dog appears to be lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated or has collapsed or is vomiting.
The RSPCA says for the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke need to have their body temperature lowered gradually and should be moved to a shaded and cool area.
The charity says to immediately pour cool (not cold) water over the dog, use wet towels and a fan, allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water and to continue to pour cool water over the dog until their breathing starts to settle before taking them to the vets as a matter of urgency.