With temperatures heating up, it is easy to forget what impact this has on our pets. You have sweat glands all over your body, but your dog’s are confined to their nose and the pads of their feet. A dog that is heating up can only normalize their body temperature through panting, which just doesn’t get the job done under extreme conditions.
1. Make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh water and shade at all times.
2. Keep play times short and preferably during the cooler hours of the day.
3. Don’t walk your dog on hot concrete or asphalt since this can cause damage to their foot pads.
4. Don’t keep your pets in a parked car…even if the windows are cracked! On an 85-degree day it takes only 10 minutes for the interior of your parked car to climb to 102 degrees. In a half hour, it can reach 120 degrees.
Veterinarian, Dr. Ernie Ward filmed himself in a parked car with the windows cracked….watch as the temperature soared and Dr. Ernie discussed the physical and psychological impact of the situation.