With us now deep into summer, it’s time to think about how hot our dogs (and cats) should be getting when they’re outside. According to the science, when it’s “too hot” for your dog can vary but, if you think it’s too hot, it’s often too hot for your dog. That being said, here are some helpful hints:
When it comes to cars, a vehicle at 70F can heat up to 100F in 25 minutes if left with the windows up. That’s obviously too hot so be careful about leaving your pup in the car. Even rolling down the window might not be enough.
Humidity can also play an important factor in knowing when it’s too hot. For instance, a hot day in the desert at 10% humidity will be less severe than the same temperature in a more humid climate. Another factor is breed and your dog’s overall health condition. Thick coats on some breeds cause them to heat up faster while being older and overweight can further exacerbate the situation.
It’s worth noting that dogs can only sweat thru their foot pads and that dogs primarily cool down by panting. This isn’t as efficient as us humans as we can sweat from all over. If your dog does overheat, bring them inside to AC and place them in a cool (not freezing) pool of water. Focus on their groin, feet and neck to make sure they stay wet until they cool down. If that doesn’t work, head to the vet.
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