Heatstroke can cause serious illness and even death in dogs, warns veterinarian Kim Donovan, and certain parameters can increase the likelihood of heatstroke, including being a brachycephalic breed, exercising in heat and being left in a parked car, even on a relatively cool day. Immersing an animal in cool water, rather than in freezing cold ice water, is the best means to quickly lower body temperature, but veterinary care should also be sought immediately.

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