Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
As the weather warms up it is important to remember not to leave your dog in the car where they may get too hot. Leaving the windows partly open is not enough to prevent the temperature soaring, which can be very dangerous for your pet. Dogs need to regulate their temperature by panting as they cannot sweat due to their furry coat. Panting becomes less effective in a humid environment such as a car, which can lead to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
This is always an emergency, and prompt action is needed to bring the dog’s body temperature back to normal. If you think your dog has heatstroke you should contact us immediately. If possible, move the dog to a cool, shaded area and apply towels soaked in cool water. Cold water hosing is an effective alternative, or if your dog is small enough, move him/her to a tub of cool water.
Heatstroke can be avoided by ensuring you do not let your pet become confined in a sunny spot, and also take care not to over-exercise them in hot weather. Keeping weight down and keeping long-haired breeds trimmed will also be helpful. If in doubt, get the cold water out!
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