Heat and Your Pets
HEAT can kill your pet
Summer…Beach, barbecues, errands, and shopping for barbecues, fun. Taking your pet with you seems like a good Idea and companion on the errands. Look harder at the stats.
Point 1; did you know that a parked car outside at 78.F will get to 100-120.F in just a few minutes. O.K so how about a very sunny day? 90. F to 160.F in less than 5-10 minutes.
Most shopping takes longer the 5-10 minutes. Even if you are going to 7-11.
Heatstroke is very serious and can happen very fast. At best you can get your pet to a veterinarian very fast. At worst your pet dies.
If you see a pet in a car on a hot day, is excessively panting and you believe is in danger (it is illegal to leave a pet in a car with closed windows or in distress), call the police with the color, model, make and license plate number.
If the pet is in imminent danger, get a witness and extract the pet from the car while waiting for the police.
Point 2; walking your pet on asphalt is not the same as you walking with shoes on. A 86F day is about 135F on the pavement. You could fry an egg at that temperature. Watch for your pet prancing on the asphalt or cement or trying to walk in the grass. These are strong signs that your pet is in pain from the heat. A great option is getting booties for your pets’ feet
Certain breeds are more sensitive to the heat (Bull dogs, Boxers, Pugs, Sherpas).
If your pet is uncomfortable and panting, lethargic, vomiting, fells hot to the touch of the gums or ears, any of these signs-your pet needs to see a veterinarian NOW.
Ken Upton, DVM