Dogs Trust has teamed up with other charities to support the Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign, reminding owners that whilst we all love to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, it’s very important to remember that the hot weather might not be as much fun for our furry friends.
Dogs heat up quickly and cool down very differently to humans. They are covered in fur and do not sweat in the same way as we do. Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool, and the effectiveness of panting is reduced at high temperatures and humidities.
Heatstroke can result in serious complications for dogs. The upper lethal body temperature of dogs is approximately 42°C (108°F), but brain damage may develop at body temperatures of 41°C (106°F). This why, when the sun comes out, it’s important to take the correct precautions to keep your dog safe.
But what are those precautions?
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of dogs that fall ill in the heat have owners who love them very much and would do anything to keep them safe. The problem lies in the fact that many people don’t know the best ways to keep their four-legged friends cool and protected when the sun is sizzling.
Here are a number of precautions that that dog lovers can take to keep their dogs safe and well on a hot day.
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