Springer spaniel’s heat exhaustion death a warning for all dog owners

Dylan was 'a member of the family'.

A heat stroke warning has been issued following the death of a dog in Angus.

The seven-year-old springer spaniel, called Dylan, had been walking off the lead at Montrose Golf Links on Monday when it chased after a bitch.

It was found hours later in an exhausted state by another dog walker around two miles away near Kinnaber, who took it to the Golf Veterinary Practice in Montrose.

Practice manager and head nurse Sarah Dryden said the dog was unconscious by the time it arrived at the centre, at around 2pm.

“We put the dog in a cold bath to try to bring his temperature down, which had gone up to 108 degrees,” she said. “Unfortunately, it died shortly after admission.”

The dog’s owners described their heartbreak that their dog, who they described as a “member of the family”, had died.

Gary and Karen Neave had been away on a family holiday to Florida with their two daughters and granddaughter and had left Dylan in the care of Gary’s father, Jack.

They returned home from a long flight on Monday and went immediately to bed, without knowing Dylan was missing.

“We went to pick Dylan up at tea time and then we learned that he was lost,” said Karen. “My father-in-law had made contact with the police to report him missing. He said Dylan had chased after a whippet and he couldn’t get him.

“It was my daughter who thought about contacting the vets, then we heard the terrible news.

“He was a good dog, a lively dog who just loved going out. He was a typical springer spaniel, full of energy all the time. We’d had him since he was a puppy. He was a member of the family.”

Ms Dryden said it was important dog owners think about the warm weather before going outdoors with their pet.

She advised: “Make sure your dog has a drink before it goes outside when it is warm and always take water with you. Dogs should have access to water before, during and after exercise.

“Try not to exercise the dog when it is extremely warm outside. It’s important to point out that it doesn’t just happen when dogs are left in cars.”