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Hot Temperatures can be fatal to dogs

HOT Temperatures can be fatal to your dogs

If it’s warm outside and you’re going out in the car, think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog.  You should never leave your dog alone in a car.  In Bermuda last year we received several reports of dogs in cars when their owners just “popped into the store for a minute” – unfortunately, some of these reports did not have a happy ending. 

It can get unbearably hot in a car on a summer day, even when it’s not that sunny.  When it’s just 72ºF outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 117ºF within 60 minutes.  Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool.  In a hot, stuffy car dogs can’t cool down – leaving a window open or a sun-shield on your windscreen won’t keep your car cool enough.  Dogs die in hot cars. 

HEATSTROKE – early warning signs

•    Heavy panting
•    Profuse salivation
•    Rapid pulse
•    Very red gums/tongue
•    Lethargy
•    Lack of coordination
•    Diarrhea
•    Vomiting
•    Reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
•    Loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances

HEATSTROKE – first aid

If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded cool area and call your vet immediately.  Heatstroke can be fatal and should be treated as an emergency.

-    Immediately douse your dog in cool (NOT COLD) water or use a spray bottle filled with cool water and place your dog in the breeze of a fan.
-    Apply cold towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest only.
-    Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water, lick ice cubes or even ice cream, limit access to cold water.
-    Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle – never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver.

ONCE YOU HAVE COOLED YOUR DOG DOWN YOU SHOULD TAKE HIM/HER DIRECTLY TO THE VET

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A DOG IN DISTRESS

-    If you are near a store that you think the owner may be in – ask someone to make an announcement in the store that the dog is in distress.
-    Call the police immediately.
-    Try to open the car door to let cool air into the car.
Take the car details and call the SPCA to report the incident.

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