Most of us know the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car, whether in the shade or direct sun, the temperature can climb rapidly. Cracking a window is not nearly enough, especially when the air temperatures are already warm. Above is an infographic to demonstrate how stifling the heat can become. Best advice- never leave your pets in the car above 60°F.
Another danger to pets during the summer are scorching roads and sidewalks. We’ve all seen the heat waves rising from the ground, or experienced how hot cement can get while walking barefoot to the nearest pool. To immediately test the safety for your pets paws place your hand on the ground and hold it there for about 10 seconds. If you can’t keep your hand on the ground for that long then it is too hot for your pets’ feet! If the air temperature is 77° then pavement and other hard surfaces will have a temperature of 125°. That is 5 ° above burn level for skin, and your dogs paws!
Giving up on walks for the summer is something your pup would not be happy with, try walks when the sun is low in the sky or outfitting them with booties. Pet stores have many outdoor options you can try on your dog to get the right fit. The breaking in process will be hilarious for you to watch and awkward for your pup, but they will keep their paws safe!
Heat stroke can appear very quickly in dogs, and can also become deadly just as fast! All dogs, including very active dogs are susceptible to heatstroke, but especially keep an eye on longhaired dogs, and short faced or flat nosed dogs. Keep your dog cool by always having fresh cold water, being around shade, and try cooling mats for your dogs when outdoors. If you suspect heat stroke, you need to get your dog to the closest vet immediately!
Here are some common visible symptoms to look for:
- Excessive drooling
- Increased body temperature - above 103° F (39° C)
- Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
- Rapid heart rate
- Vomiting blood
- Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool
- Black, tarry stools
- Changes in mental status
- Muscle tremors
- Wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken gait or movement
- Deep unconsciousness, the dog cannot be awoken