Facts for keeping your pet cool this summer
FACT ONE: Did you know that studies have shown that the inside temperature of a car during the summer months can increase above and beyond the outside temperature by as much as 10 degrees every ten minutes. For example: If it is 80 degrees outside and you close your car windows and leave within ten minutes the internal temperature of your car could reach 99 degrees. Within twenty minutes 109 degrees and within 30 minutes 114 degrees. Now imagine what would happen if you left your pet in the car even for a short ten minutes...it could be life threatening. Cracking of the windows doesn't really change the car's interior temperature enough.
FACT TWO: It is a known fact that our pets do not sweat the way we do and that they also don't have the ability to cool their bodies down efficiently in hot temperatures. In the hot weather, this is when your pet will run into trouble. Their bodies overheat and then the possibility exists that your pet will and can go into shock, leading to irreversible organ failure and in some cases death. So if you think you will need to leave your pet in a car, even for a few minutes, leave them safely at home instead.
FACT THREE: We guarantee your pet will be happy to see you when you get home!
Never leave your dog in the car when the temperature is 80 degrees or
Heat Stroke - Do not leave your pet
unattended in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle. Heat Stroke can lead to
organ damage or death. Some simple signs you can look for are:
Panting, drooling, rapid pulse and increased body temperature. (Normal body temperature is 101 to 102 degrees) If you suspect heat stroke contact your veterinarian immediately.
Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water available at all
Avoid strenuous exercise when it is extremely hot and humid and refrain
from physical activity when the sun's heat is the most intense. The best
times are early morning or late evening depending on the conditions.