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Keeping Your Dog Safe this Summer

Keeping Your Dog Safe this Summer

We've all heard that leaving our dog in a hot car is a no-no in the summertime heat, but what does that really mean? 

To understand why it's so dangerous to leave dogs in a car, consider how they regulate their body temperatures. Dogs don't sweat like we do to cool themselves off; they pant. Dogs can't regulate their body temperature as easily as we can, and their system and quickly become overloaded and they can overheat. This is especially true for breeds with flatter faces, like bulldogs.

Cars also create a greenhouse effect, and even if the air temperature is relatively cool, the inside of the car can quickly heat up when the car is parked in the sun. Just cracking a window or even parking in the shade isn't enough to keep the car cool inside. 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, on a 70 degree day, the inside of the car can reach nearly degrees within 20 minutes -- that figure really surprised me!

Here are some signs of overheating:

  • Excessive panting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Weakness or collapse

Here are some things to do if your dog becomes too hot:

  • Move them to a cooler area
  • If you are near water, let him take a dip to cool off
  • Place wet towels or cloths on her feet, armpits, bellies, and between her hind legs
  • Offer him water, but don't force it
  • Call your veterinarian 

Let's all keep our pets safe this summer!

 Do your pup's pads need some extra love when it's hot & dry outside? Try our Paw Balm...

 

Sources:

ASPCA

Animal Legal Defense Fund

American Veterinary Medical Association

Humane Society


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