Friday, 7 December, 2012
Summer is here, and so is the sunshine! That means trips to the beach, long warm evenings and whole dinners cooked on the BBQ – but it also means we need to remind ourselves that dogs DO NOT belong in hot cars.
On a hot day, the temperature inside your car can reach 39°C in 10 minutes. Even in the shade with the windows down, the temperature can rise to a deadly 49°C in 30 minutes. Your dog’s natural cooling process is ineffective in these conditions.
Dogs overheat much more quickly than humans as they cannot sweat like we can, but instead they pant to dissipate heat and cool their body temperature. This is near impossible to do when the air in their immediate environment is thick and hot, as it is in a hot car. Your dog’s normal body temperature is about 38.5°C. Their body can withstand a higher temperature for only a short amount of time before irreversible damage is done.
Wednesday, 12 January, 2011
Summer means jandal weather, holiday weather, barbeque weather, beach weather and park weather. Unfortunately, summer also means hot dog weather for the SPCA.
Every year, too many dogs suffer needlessly in hot cars while their owners stop in at the shops. On a hot day the inside of a car heats up very quickly, a potentially life-threatening situation for any dog inside. Even with the windows slightly open, a car parked in the shade on a 30°C day will heat up to 39°C in 10 minutes. In 30 minutes, the temperature will hit 49°C, and on hotter days it will go even higher.
Locked in a hot car, a dog can only withstand temperatures of over 40°C for a very short amount of time before suffering irreparable brain damage – or even death. A dog cannot sweat like humans can, and is only able to cool itself down by panting. Dogs also need access to plenty of water and cool, fresh air in order to fully moderate their body temperature.