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Heat Wave Hot Tips!
30 June 2015
Dog’s die in hot cars!
With temperatures climbing today and predicted to stay high for some time, it is important to think about our furry friends.
You should never leave your dog alone in a car. Even on a sunny day that is not especially warm, the temperature inside a car can soar to as high as 47 degrees Celsius within 60 minutes.
Dogs do not have the ability to sweat (they pant instead), and coupled with a thick, hairy coat, this can lead to an inability to cool down sufficiently as the temperature rises, leading to ‘hyperthermia’.
Dogs can die very quickly if left in a hot car, and if you see a dog in a car on a warm day and you cannot locate the owner, you should contact the police.
Dogs Trust - Dogs Die in Hot Cars
Avoid Walking dogs during the heat of the day.
It is best to avoid exercising your dogs in the prime heat of the day. Dogs can overheat quickly when exercising in the sun, which causes hyperthermia and urgent veterinary attention is required!
Early morning or late evening is the best time to take them out walking, as it is much cooler. Pavement areas can also become very hot and it is possible for dogs to burn their paws if they are in contact with hot surfaces for too long.
If it is too hot for your hands to touch - it is too hot for your dog’s paws too!