How to know if your dog is too hot?
As the temperatures get higher in the area, residents are permanently reminded to stay in astray and keep out of the sun.
While you are staying cool and hydrated, it’s also important to keep your furry family member safe in the heat as well.
The temperature of the dogs’ body is higher than humans, and the ability to cool them down is less. While humans have sweat glands, dogs have just their nose and the pads of their feet.
Pets, especially dogs, can overheat quickly in hot weather. In just a very short time, they can suffer brain, heart, liver, and even nervous system damage.
Signs of overheating include heaving panting or rapid breathing, weakness, crisis, glazed eyes, and even vomiting. Dogs will also have an elevated body temperature drooling, or even an increased pulse and heartbeat.
In addition to hot vehicles, other contributors to pet overheating include damp conditions, lack of drinking water, obesity, and overexertion.
Some pets are at higher risk for heat-related sickness than others, including brachycephalic breeds (dogs and cats with flat faces and short noses), older pets, puppies and kittens, animals that are ill or have a chronic health condition, pets not used to warm weather, and any pet left outside in hot weather.
Here are tips to keep your pet safe in the heat.
Never Leave Your Pet alone in a Parked Car
The Temperature inside a vehicle can rise quickly, even if the window is left open a little. So, never leave your dog or cat inside the park vehicle on a warm day. For example, on an 85-degree day it takes only 10 minutes for the temperature inside your parked car to climb to 102 degrees. In a half hour, it can hit 120 degrees.
Don’t walk or exercise your pet on hot pavement.
This can be a difficult one to remember (unless you’re in the habit of walking your dog barefoot), but it’s excessively important. Not only can pavement on a hot day hurt your dog’s paws, but the heat rising from concrete or asphalt can quickly overheat an animal because they lives close to the ground.
Also don’t allow your pet to stand, walk or rest on hot outdoor surfaces like sidewalks or parking lots.
Water, water, water at all the time:
Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, cleaning drinking water at all times.
Besides overheating, a dog can become dehydrated very quickly.
A good general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day.
And if she’ll be outside for any length of time, she should have access to complete shade.
If you fear your pet is overheating, contact your veterinarian immediately.