With the extraordinary hot weather this week- Jeremy has written an article about caring for your dogs and others when out in the hot car during the Summer- we thought it would be useful to share this with you.
Stay cool and any questions, concerns or queries- please don’t hesitate to call us at Henwick Vets,
Dogs Die in Hot cars
As the summer months roll on in, the RSPCA campaign will undoubtedly hit the car park noticeboards and maybe even appear on our televisions.
The temperature inside a car on a normal cool summer’s day can easily and quickly exceed 40 degrees centigrade. This is hard enough for us to cope with in shorts and t-shirt, but imagine if, like our friends, you were forced to wear a furry coat too. Dogs can only lose heat by panting, and they can only sweat from their paws. They just can’t lose the heat fast enough.
This leads to a dangerous condition called hyperthermia (higher than normal body temperature). The poor dogs’ body systems will panic. They will pant so hard that they get exhausted, and even may not take the time to take useful deep breaths to get oxygen into their lungs. Allow this to go on for too long, and the body temperature will rise so high that there will be irreversible brain damage, and even sudden death.
There are many warning signs that a dog may be suffering from heatstroke; Excessive panting and drooling; vacant, lethargic or uncoordinated behaviour; and even collapse and vomiting.
Leaving the window a little open will not provide enough ventilation to cool your pet. They will still suffer. Please do not even consider leaving your dog unattended in a car this summer. It simply isn’t worth the risk.
If you see a dog unattended in a hot car and suffering, you should get help and attempt to alert the owner of the vehicle. In an emergency situation, you can call the police for assistance.
Dogs that are suffering from heatstroke need cooling slowly with water and fans. You must contact a Vet urgently, and once safe to do so, get the dog taken to your nearest Veterinary surgery.
Jeremy Hall BVMS MRCVS (Hons)
Henwick Vets Ltd, Worcester. 01905 424374.