The recent, tragic stories of several dog deaths are stark reminders ofhow vulnerable pets are to hyperthermia during hot weather.

The Dogs Trust recommends owners should douse the dog with cool water and then let it drink small amounts. However, dogs with heat-stroke can be reluctant to drink water due to a heightened sensitivity against the chlorine.

Working with a Dutch chemist, Simon Van Dalsem B.V of JAM Pet foods, veterinary supplier Kruuse has created a “highly palatable, isotonic drink formula” that replaces the correct balance of fluids and electrolytes to the dog’s body. Oralade was launched this year in a ready-to-use formulation, available from through veterinary practices.

Andrew Groom, Kruuse UK’s Country Manager, said: “As well as in the extreme condition of heat-stroke, the product can also benefit dogs during exercise, older dogs, or when dogs are more likely to dehydrate and have a lack of appetite. The palatability trials with dogs and cats we have conducted have shown an 89 per cent take-up.”

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