Parked cars can reach exponential temperatures quickly, especially in our South African heat; this true even on the more milder days, too. And don’t forget, high crime rates mean we cannot even leave our windows open a crack. We all want to keep our dogs safe this summer, so here are a few things to consider:
- A dog’s body temperature averages 38 degrees Celsius, and can only survive being at a heat of 41 degrees Celsius for a short period.
- If a dog has a body temperate of 41 degrees Celsius or higher for an extended period, they can suffer heat stroke, brain damage, or death.
- A car can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius within an hour of being outside on a hot day, even when in the shade. This creates a deadly situation for any pets left inside the vehicle!
- If you are heading somewhere where dogs are not allowed, keep them at home.
- Heat and humidity can impact your dog’s breathing, so be vigilant, even when driving with your pet on a hot day, by keeping plenty of cold water for them to drink.
- If you find your fog is overheating at home, put them in the shade, give plenty of cold water to drink, and spray them down with cold water or provide a shallow children’s pool for them to splash around in.