Vets have issued an urgent heatstroke warning after saving a dog who collapsed during a walk.\r\n\r\nWith temperatures set to soar today, vet charity PDSA fears more pets could face danger as families enjoy the summer weather. Vets say animals left inside a hot car will be in distress and can even die in as little as 20 minutes.\r\n\r\nIn a recent case American Bulldog, Bud, from Liverpool, almost died after collapsing with heatstroke. The four-year-old pet had been out with his owner Emma Charlton, from Wavertree, Liverpool, for just ten\u00a0minutes when he started struggling to breathe.\r\n\r\nDespite cutting short their walk, Bud collapsed just yards from the front door and was rushed straight to PDSA\u2019s Huyton Pet Hospital in the city.\r\n\r\nVets immediately tried to control Bud\u2019s soaring body temperature by wrapping him in wet towels before administering IV fluids to treat shock.\r\n\r\nPDSA vet, Steven Goldie, said: \u201cBud\u2019s temperature was critically high when he was brought in. We knew we had to act quickly to have any chance of saving him.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe used water and wet towels to cool Bud and placed him on a drip to get fluids inside him.\r\n\r\n\u201cDespite our initial fears, Bud pulled through. He\u2019s one of the lucky ones, many pets sadly don\u2019t survive heatstroke.\u201d\r\n\r\nBud\u2019s owner, Emma, said she was incredibly grateful to PDSA for saving her pet\u2019s life.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was in total shock as I\u2019d never heard of dogs suffering from heatstroke before,\u201d she said. \u201cIt was a warm day but muggy rather than blazing sunshine.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was so frightened when the vets told me he might not make it. I can\u2019t thank them enough for everything they did.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m now much more careful about when I take Bud for a walk when it\u2019s hot and want to warn others of the dangers.\u201d\r\n\r\nPDSA vet Rebecca Ashman said heatstroke was a huge risk for pets.\r\n\r\n\u201cHeatstroke can start without warning and has devastating consequences for our four-legged friends. Dogs can\u2019t control their body temperature the way we can. The only way they can try to cool down is through panting and sweat glands in their paws. Through our pet wellbeing champions, funded by players of People\u2019s Postcode Lottery, we\u2019re educating owners about the dangers.\r\n\r\n\u201cOne of the most common causes of heatstroke or hyperthermia is dogs that have been left in hot cars. But leaving pets out in the garden for too long without shade or taking them for a walk at the hottest part of the day can be very dangerous too.\u201d\r\n\r\nHeatstroke advice, causes and symptoms\r\n\r\n \tNever leave pets in cars, conservatories or caravans even for a short time. Even on a cloudy day with the windows open, the temperature can soar dangerously high in just a few minutes, which can cause fatal heatstroke.\r\n \tTry not to exercise pets during the hottest hours of the day. Instead, go out early in the morning or in the evening. Keep strenuous exercise to a minimum and give them access to cool, indoor areas.\r\n \tOwners of flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Boxers and Bulldogs should be particularly vigilant. These dogs often have restricted airways due to their flat-face and don\u2019t tolerate heat well. They can show signs of hyperthermia even during a mild increase in temperature and humidity.\r\n \tA dog wearing a muzzle will be at high risk because they can\u2019t control their body temperature adequately by panting.\r\n \tStressed, over-excited or over-exercised dogs can be at risk even if the temperature and humidity is not excessive, particularly if they are in a poorly ventilated environment.\r\n \tDogs often don\u2019t show any warning signs of heatstroke. As the body temperature rises they can pant and drool excessively, become lethargic, drowsy and uncoordinated, and in a short time can collapse, become unconscious, and if not treated as an emergency, it can prove fatal.\r\n\r\nWhat to do if you suspect a\u00a0pet has heatstroke\r\n\r\nFor the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered gradually.\r\n\r\n \tMove your dog to a shaded\/cool area.\r\n \tImmediately pour small amounts of room temperature (not cold) water onto your dog\u2019s body to avoid shock. \u00a0If possible, you can also wrap your dog in wet towels or place your dog in the breeze of a fan.\r\n \tAllow your dog to drink small amounts of cool water.\r\n \tContinue to pour small amounts of room temperature water onto your dog until their breathing starts to settle but never so much that they begin to shiver.\r\n\r\nOnce the dog is cool, take them to the nearest vet immediately, even if they seem to have made a full recovery.