Every spring/summer I see so many people who leave their dogs in their vehicles. Most people do not even realize that even if they leave them in the car for a few minutes it is still harmful to their pooch. Here is a chart I saw that puts it in perspective for you:
|OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE||TEMPERATURE IN CAR||TIME IT TAKES TO REACH THAT TEMP IN CAR|
|85||100||7 to 10 minutes|
An overheated dog may look sluggish and disoriented Danger signs of of a heat stroke include:
• bright red tongue
• red or pale gums
• thick, sticky saliva
Here's what to do if you think your dog is suffering from overheating:
• Move them to a shaded area immediately
• To lower their temperature (you will want to do this slowly) by placing them in cool, not cold, water.
• Apply ice to the head and neck.
• Get to a veterinarian as soon as possible as follow-up care will be critical to his survival.