Jul 10 2017

How hot is too hot? Tips on summer safety from your veterinarian

Did you know?
If the air temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit the asphalt temperature can be 125 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, skin destruction can occur in 60 seconds.
If the air temperature is 86 degrees Fahrenheit the asphalt temperature can be 135 degrees Fahrenheit. At 131 degrees Fahrenheit, an egg can fry in 5 minutes.
If the outside temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 minutes inside the car can get up to 89 degrees Fahrenheit while after 30 minutes it can reach up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the outside temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 minutes inside the car can get up to 109 degrees Fahrenheit while after 30 minutes it can reach up to 124 degrees Fahrenheit.

Information from your Veterinarian:
Every year dogs die from being left in hot cars or from heat stroke outside. Many people think that leaving a window open in their car will keep their dog safe, but studies show that an open window makes no difference. Temperatures rise quickly in sunny central Florida. In a matter of 5 to 10 minutes on a hot day in a car, your dog could die.
Please leave your dog at home where they are safe and cool. Do not leave your dog in the car without the car being on. Monitor your pets outside and make sure they have access to cool water and shade while outside. Press the back of your hand or bare foot firmly against the asphalt for 7 seconds to verify it will be comfortable for your dog. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog.
If your pet exhibits any signs of heat stroke such as heavy panting, vomiting, seizures, diarrhea, collapsing, stumbling, or confusion please bring them to your veterinarian as quickly as possible. Heat stroke can lead to kidney damage or failure, brain damage, liver failure, muscle damage, lung damage, seizures and even death. Please keep your pets safe this summer and keep them out of the heat!

markhamwoods | Health Tips

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