Heat is on dog owners to keep furry pals safe
WITH temperatures set to soar into the 40s this summer, vets are urging pet owners not to forget about their dogs.
The heat inside cars can quickly hit more than double the outside temperature if the car is left for an hour or more – which can turn into lifethreatening conditions within two minutes for canines.
Dr Chris Papantonio, of Colyton Vet Hospital, knows the consequences of these scenarios all too well.
“We had a client transport their dog in the back of their car to the dog park,” he said. “On the way, they dropped off at the shops and left him in the car. By the time they got to the dog park, the dog was already showing signs of heat stroke.
“Dogs cannot efficiently cool themselves down as well as we do. A dog can succumb to heat stroke within minutes.”
Dr Papantonio also warned some breeds were particularly at risk.
“Brachycephalic breeds, such as pugs and bulldogs, are more susceptible to the heat as the conformation of their heads prevents adequate air flow and natural cooling of the body.”
If anyone sees a dog struggling in a hot car this summer, they should record the car’s registration, call the local animal control or the police and wait by the car.
– Jillian McKee