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Hi everyone,

With the weather being surprisingly good over the last few days I thought it would be a great time to talk about the dangers associated with high temperatures especially leaving us doggies in a parked hot car.

We aren’t able to sweat through our bodies except through our paws if we get very hot. We pant to help cool down our bodies but with our furry coats panting isn’t sufficient if the external temperature is too high and we are in danger of suffering from heat stroke which can be fatal!! Imagine having a really heavy jumper on you can’t take off no matter how hot it gets and not being able to sweat to keep cool!!

Don’t be fooled by an overcast day as temperatures inside the car can still get very high during the warmer summer months. Leaving the windows down isn’t sufficient to keep the temperature at a safe level in the car on a hot day.

The following are symptoms to look out for if you think your dog may be suffering from heat stroke as it doesn’t always just happen in the car. Dogs with double coats or very thick coats are particularly vulnerable and shouldn’t be walked during the hottest parts of the day

-Panting
-Dehydration
-Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
-Increased body temperature – above 103° F (39° C)
-Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
-Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine.
-Sudden (acute) kidney failure.
-Rapid heart rate

Phone your vet immediately if you think your dog is in difficulty and get them to a cool place, offer them small amounts of water at a time and dampen some towels and lay them over the dog to help bring down the body temperature down.

Always be extra vigilant on hot days and ensure your dog has access to shade and fresh water. A kids paddling pool is a great addition to the back garden so your dog can have some fun while cooling down

Please share this post as so many pet owners just don’t realise the risks until it is too late!!

Thank you

Benjy 🐾

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