Can you believe it’s summer already! With the temperature about to ramp up, no doubt we’ll be pulling out the chilly bins, jandals, sunscreen and caps but don’t forget to think about your furry family members. Here are some top tips on how to have the ‘coolest’ dog in town this summer.
The interior of a vehicle can reach temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius in a matter of minutes.
It is not recommended that you leave a dog in a vehicle. Dogs do not have as many sweat ducts as humans and therefore cannot regulate their temperature effectively. This makes them more susceptible to exhaustion and dehydration. Dogs cool down mainly through their nose, mouth and paws and in hot conditions, moisture is constantly evaporating from their body. Short-nosed breeds can become overheated in a matter of minutes.
If you do leave your dog in the car ensure that you take the following precautions;
If you recognise that your dog is suffering from heat stress while walking along a hot surface like asphalt or on the sand, quickly lift the dog so that the paws are off the ground. Dogs can expel a lot of heat through their paws.
10 December 2018
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