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BEWARE do not leave your dog in a car in this hot weather

DogHeatStrokeHey Everybody! This gorgeous sunny spell does not look to be going anywhere. Here at Anicare Dublin Vets we just want to remind you all of the perils of a hot car and this hot weather for our precious pooches.

Please be aware, DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS!

Did you know?

Under 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog. Within a matter of minutes, as the temperature rises in your car, your dog’s suffering will become evident through excessive panting, whimpering or barking.

TOP TIPS to adhere to in the summer months;

  • NEVER leave your dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes – even if it seems cool outside it can become very hot, very quickly. Parking in the shade and/or keeping the windows down does not make it safe!
  • Dogs are extremely sensitive to heat, and even on a mildly warm day, they can quickly overheat. Temperatures in cars can quickly heat up to 50 degrees Celsius – as hot as an oven.
  • Make sure you keep your dog as cool as possible when driving. Avoid travelling during the heat of the day, use sun blinds on the windows and consider opening a window a little to allow a cooling breeze to circulate in the vehicle
  • Make sure you have a supply of water and know where you can stop off on the way for water breaks.
  • Be aware of the signs of overheating in dogs – panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and losing consciousness.
  • If you are present at the rescue of a dog from a hot car that is clearly in distress, seek immediate veterinary advice. The very first priority is to prevent the dog from getting any hotter. Attempt to provide shade from the sun and move to a cooler area. Dampening the dog down with cool (not freezing) water will help start to bring the body temperature down. Wet towels can be used to cool a dog but these must be regularly changed or spraying them down with water on the way to the emergency appointment.

Please call any of our Dublin vet clinics today at Blanchardstown, Botanic, Clontarf, Santry or Palmerstown for any further advice. Enjoy the sun but please be careful!!

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