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dogs playing in water 350pxJust like the summer heat can negatively impact human health, it can also hurt our pets.

Protect your pet from the hot weather by remembering these tips.

Don't Leave Your Dog in the Hot Car

Did you know that leaving your dog in the car during the summer could have deadly side effects?

Dogs die every year because they were left unattended in a car, and leaving your windows down has little effect on how hot it is inside your car.

Check out this list to compare how hot your car becomes based on the outside temperature:

  • 70 degrees F outside = 89 degrees F after 10 minutes in the car, 104 degrees F after 30 minutes
  • 75 degrees F outside = 94 degrees F after 10 minutes in the car, 104 degrees F after 30 minutes
  • 80 degrees F outside = 99 degrees F after 10 minutes in the car, 114 degrees F after 30 minutes
  • 85 degrees F outside = 104 degrees F after 10 minutes in the car, 119 degrees F after 30 minutes
  • 90 degrees F outside = 109 degrees F after 10 minutes in the car, 124 degrees F after 30 minutes
  • 95 degrees F outside = 114 degrees F after 10 minutes in the car, 129 degrees F after 30 minutes

Check the Pavement Before You Walk Your Dog

puppy outside 250pxIf the air is warm, then the asphalt and concrete are hot. Don't put your pet at risk, and walk them on the grass if at all possible.

Press the back of your hand against the asphalt for 7 seconds. If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for the dog. 

Check out this list to see how hot the asphalt is based on the outside temperature:

  • 77 degrees F outside, 125 degrees F on the asphalt
  • 86 degrees F outside, 135 degrees F on the asphalt
  • 87 degrees F outside, 143 degrees F on the asphalt

 If you've been walking your dog outside, look for these signs that their paws are burned or injured:

  • Limping or attempting to stop walking 
  • Licking or chewing at paw pads 
  • Darkening of skin on or around paw pads 
  • Blisters, peeling, or redness
  • Any kind of damage to the bottom of the paws

If your pet has any signs of heat trauma or burns to their paws, take the pet to a veterinarian for treatment and to avoid possible infection. 

For more information about heat trauma or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (574) 232-1459.