Seasonal Tips for Summer

Cavalier on Beach

  • Dogs prefer shade
  • Wild Dogs snooze through the hottest part of the day
  • Wolves hunt early morning or late evening
  • Dogs walking on hot pavements is like us walking hot coals
  • Dogs die in hot cars
  • Dogs die of heat exhaustion in cars – the RSPC were called out to over 6000 dogs in distress 2011
  • Dogs do not handle heat the same way we do
  • Dogs pant to cool down
  • Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws
  • Dogs body temperature is 100.5-102f if this rises to 105-107f the dog is at serious risk of developing heat exhaustion and death will follow quickly
  • Studies have shown that temperature inside a car can heat up to lethal temperatures within 30 minutes even if the weather is relatively cool
  • Dogs rely on panting to cool down