Caissie Canine Instruction: Hot cars and Heatstroke
We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful Goldendoodle named Amber.
My mom says I am very sweet and loving….
And that is very true and I also have a heart of a lion. Hee Hee.
Welcome to Doggie Dialogue:
Many clients over the years have asked us “if it’s ok to leave my dog in the car?”
In our professional opinion, the answer is NO. For the health and safety of your dog, whether summer or winter, the temperature can quickly cool or heat up in a matter of minutes.
Leaving a dog in the car during the hot summer will put your dog at risk in a short amount of time. For example, on a 70 degree day, the temperature inside your car can reach 100 degrees in approximately 20 minutes.
Dog’s can not release heat, by sweating, like humans do. Your dog’s internal body temperature rises more quickly, which can lead to heat exhaustion.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion or Heatstroke that your dog could be experiencing are the following:
1. Excessive panting
2. Drooling, anxious, or have a “staring” expression
3. Convulsions or vomiting
4. Erratic pulse or collapse
What to do:
1. Move your dog to shade immediately
2. If possible, wet your dog down with cool water or cool towels, to the groin/chest and paws
3. Do NOT apply ice or an ice pack as this will constrict blood flow
4. Allow your dog to slowly drink water or lick ice cream, if no water is available
5. Seek veterinary attention immediately
Ontario has the strongest penalties in the country for people who violate animal welfare laws.
If you witness a dog in a hot car and are concerned the dog’s life is in danger, dial 911. Do NOT attempt to enter the vehicle in this situation. We suggest you get the license plate number, make and model of the car, and stand beside the car until help arrives.