Animals simply CANNOT tolerate extreme temperatures; so, as a responsible pet owner you must make absolutely sure that your pet is safe.
Below are some tips to help you out:
Never, ever leave your animal in a car. Pet owners should know the dangers of leaving any animal in a hot car; even for just a few minutes. This particularly applies to dogs. Dogs love to travel in a car and it’s tempting to let them go to the supermarket with you when buying supplies for that all important barbeque. But don’t leave your dog inside, even with the windows open.
Temperatures do not have to be in the 90’s for a car bound dog to be in serious trouble. Even at much lower temperatures, even under a cloudless sky, the humidity inside the car turns it into a sauna.
Research has shown that if it’s a sunny 78 degrees, the temperature in a car, with the windows open, rises at least 32 degrees in 30 minutes.
In short, 78 to 110 in half an hour!
Temperatures in air conditioned cars can reach the same temperature as outside within just five minutes of being turned off.
A parked car in hot, sweltering weather is a killer! This is what will happen: On a hot day, it takes a matter of minutes for a dog to end up organ-damaged or dead!
Watch out for warning signs
If your dog pants quickly, looks very tired or collapses, it could be suffering from heatstroke. Put it in a cool, shady spot and spray its body with cool water, or give it a cool bath immediately. Never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver. Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water. Contact a veterinary surgeon urgently for further advice as heatstroke can be fatal.
Therefore, our advice is to leave your dog at home. Place his bed/kennel in a shaded area and he will automatically go to that shaded area when he needs rest from the hot sun.
Leave them plenty of water and leave the water in the shaded area. Check their water bowl regularly to make sure there is plenty of fresh water.
If you are taking your dog out with you in the car, make sure you have him well strapped in. Purchase a car safety harness for your dog. This is for your safety as much as theirs! They are available in any good pet shop or from our DSPCA gift shop. Cats should always be in pet carriers when travelling in the car.
One small jolt in traffic can have a very sad result for an unsecured pet. Also, if you’re driving a car, and are forced to brake suddenly, an unsecured animal can be thrown forward, hitting you in the back of the head or neck, causing painful injuries to both you and your pet.
Make sure the car window is open while driving; enough to give your animal plenty of ventilation. Don’t leave your dog in the car if you need to leave your vehicle. If you know you will be leaving the dog alone in the car don’t bring your dog with you, leave them at home!
When walking your dog, remember there are areas and times during the day where temperatures soar. It makes sense to walk your dog in the early morning or late evening, when temperatures are lower. Not only are peak times uncomfortable for them, but the hot concrete can actually burn their sensitive paws. Never exert your dog during hot weather.
Always take along water both for yourself and for your dog. Stop frequently to allow both of you to have a refreshing drink. Many domestic animals do not sweat to keep cool. Dogs, for instance, have no sweat glands and can only lose heat by panting. Make sure they always have plenty of water to help them keep cool.