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Every year hundreds of pets left in parked vehicles die from overheating. Even when you crack the windows, your pet is at risk. The temperature inside the vehicle can go up almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise by almost 30 degrees.
In the summer, most people like to enjoy the heat outdoors. However, when the temperatures rise above 90 degrees, pavements are scorching and doggie parks are deserted. Your four-legged friends find comfort indoors and on surfaces like your kitchen floor. During the hotter months, spend time with your pet outdoors in the early morning or late evening, when temperatures are cooler.
Water is vital to all known forms of life. It cools the body down to maintain normal body temperature and it lubricates and cushions the joints, making movement easier. Maintaining proper hydration is too important to your dog’s health to ignore. Improper hydration can contribute to signs of overheating, which usually include excessive panting or labored breathing. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to protect your dog from the dangers of overheating.
If your dog shows signs of overheating, try the following:
If you notice the warning signs listed below, which may be signs of a heatstroke, it is time to call your vet.