10 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

#NoHotPets Brings Awareness to Heatstroke in Dogs

Dogs can quickly overheat in cars, even with the windows cracked. Follow Me on Pinterest

Dogs can quickly overheat in cars, even with the windows cracked.

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If you are frustrated by seeing dogs left in hot cars then there is a good news in a new movement that has started in Ontario, Canada by the ASPCA. The #NoHotPets brings awareness to heatstroke in dogs, and is becoming an Internet sensation.

 

 

 

#NoHotPets Brings Awareness to Heatstroke in Dogs

The Ontario SPCA’s No Hot Pets program aims to spread the word that leaving your dog unattended in a car can quickly turn deadly. Hot cars kill, and it can happen far faster than you’d think.

 

Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.

 

Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 103°F (39°C); a body temperature of 106°F (41°C) can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.

 

PETA shares that every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78°F day (25°C), the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100° – 120°F (37° – 48°) in just minutes, and on a 90°F (32°C) day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160°F (71°C) in less than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads. Read more about Dog Safety in #NoHotPets: Signs of canine heatstroke & the perils of hot days here.

It’s great to see that #NoHotPets brings awareness to heatstroke in dogs. Hopefully this will be just the start to even more awareness campaigns, which will educate people on the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car.

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