Beware Summer Heat Can Kill
Beware summer heat can kill
Just ten minutes is all it takes and your dog could die...
I've seen it all before ..... a dog locked in a hot car The owners are out for the day and walking there dog, its a hot day, the bitumen is hot and they have shoes on and they cant figure out why there new puppy is mucking up on lead They have just driven to the park, its hot and their dog just doesn't seem right... What's going on? The owner is walking on a summers day, they have thier hat on and walking shoes and they have their dog who is pulling on the lead and wants to rest. Why are they tired all of a sudden? My dog is so active what is up?
Your sitting on a park bench, your dog is next to you on lead but they are real restless why? Ok take a look around you its a nice day a little warm and your dog is about to die from heat exhaustion I've seen it so often for some reason some humans think that dogs have built in paw coolers, that they don't have nerve endings in their pads or that they just don't feel the heat!
As the heading says a dog can die within ten minutes or less if it has heat stroke always make sure you give your animals the same consideration you would if they were humans.
YES they feel the heat and don't like it ALWAYS make sure they have fresh water and fresh air and plenty of shade
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
It's summer outside and the living is easy -- right? Not for dogs who are left outside on a warm day.
Although dogs have sweat glands on their feet, they rely almost exclusively on panting to dispel excess body heat. The hot weather raises and so does the probability of heat stroke.
On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with partially opened windows. Never leave your dog in a car on a warm day -- even if it's "just for a few minutes." Sitting in a hot car is not the only way to acquire heat stroke, although it is the most common. Any dog exercising on a hot, humid day, even with plenty of water, can get heat stroke. Be careful when exercising your dog in the summer. Short-nosed breeds, like pugs, boxers, and bulldogs, are especially susceptible, as are double-coated breeds like German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and Old English Sheepdogs.
Signs of heat stress may include heavy panting, an increased heart rate, and gasping for breath. The mucus membranes get a dark bluish tinge and some dogs begin vomiting. Other dogs may appear disorientated and begin to have seizures. If your dog gets overheated, you must lower his body temperature immediately! Get the dog out of the heat and put cool, water-soaked towels on his head, chest, and neck. Spray him lightly with a hose. Be careful the water is not too cold, as cooling off too quickly can cause problems, as well. After cooling down, take your dog to the vet for a checkup. Heatstroke can lead to serious damage to the kidneys, liver, heart and lungs.
We urge you to keep your pet home on hot days!