Coping with Summer Heat: Part 2 How Hot is too Hot?

Jul 20, 2017   John   Pet Care Tips

Coping with Summer Heat: Part 2 How Hot is too Hot?

 

My little Yorkiepoo (or Porkie) will always take a dive into a grassy patch when we are out on walks.  I figured it was a cooling thing as she would spread out and pant away, but it led me to the question, how hot is too hot for a walk?

Be aware of high temperature and humidity:

Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, bulldogs, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.  Panting is a normal cooling mechanism for a dog.  "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly” says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

Be aware of the ground:

This isn't ground breaking news, but dogs are built low to the ground.  Hot asphalt or cement not only increases their body temperature, but can easily burn animals' paws.  Not sure how hot the asphalt is? Use the “5-Second Rule.”  Place the back of your hand on the asphalt for 5 seconds- if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them.   Walk your dog on the grass or in the shade if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

Warning Signs:

A few signs of heat illness to look for in pets include rapid or irregular heart rate, excessive drooling, lethargy, refusal to eat, or excessive panting. If you notice any of these signs, get into a cooler environment. Apply cool towels and provide plenty of cool fresh water for the pet.

Never ever leave your dog along in the car:

The temperature inside a vehicle can rise very quickly and is just as dangerous for pets as it is for people.   If it is hot, leave your pet at home.

 

 

 

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