Archives for August 2012 | Pet Blog - VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa

It's Getting Hot Out There–Be Safe!

Wow! Has the last week been hot or what? As we roll into the hottest part of the year, we would like to take a moment to remind our clients about pet safety when it is hot out.

Whenever it is hot out, even slight exposure to excessive heat can be a potentially fatal situation. This can be from staying in a too hot of car or even playing too hard. In a car, the temperature can soar from the high 70s to 120 in just about 30 minutes. This means that you really shouldn’t even take your dog on quick trips. While you are inside the grocery store just grabbing a few things, your pooch is getting hot! 

Why is even a short exposure to excessive heat dangerous? Heat stroke. Heat stroke is a very dangerous and often fatal condition for your canine friend. Dogs do not control their body temperatures the same way we do. They pant to get heat out rather than sweat and basically cannot cool down as easily as we do. If the situation is not remedied, heat stroke starts to set in. The symptoms of heat stroke include:
  • heavy panting
  • lethargy
  • red gums and tongue
  • rapid pulse
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Exposure to excessive heat isn’t just with a car. A dog can get over heated from playing too much also. While Fido may really want to keep playing ball, it is best not to if it is hot out.

What can you do to help protect your furry friend? First and foremost, plan well! Do not take your dog to places they are not allowed like the grocery store or a restaurant and leave them in the car. For playing and exercise, limit it to the cooler part of the day like the morning or evening. Avoid midday that is often the hottest. 

If you are seeing the symptoms above, seek veterinarian help immediately. Keep the local emergency clinic number and address handy in case your veterinarian is closed. 

If you are out and see a dog left in a car, take action. Tell the store owner/management or even the local police or animal control. 

We hope this information helps you and your sweet, lovable mutt have a safe summer.

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