Dog Days of Summer

Hot Cars

It is HOT in El Paso during the summer months. Temperatures rise not only outside but 3x hotter on the inside of our vehicles. Even with the windows cracked and a breeze outside Dr. Ernie Ward displays how cars quickly turn to ovens. Although our pets love car rides it is best to leave them at home unless you do not plan on getting out of the car.

Hot Asphalt

Our dogs love walks! Something we don’t often think about is how hot the asphalt and concrete get outside being exposed to the hot El Paso sun. The extreme heat can get the surfaces so hot it can burn and blister our pet’s paws. During the summer avoid walks during the hottest parts of the day. You can also check the temperature of the sidewalk with your hand or feet. If after 10 seconds it too hot for you, then it’s too hot for them.

Signs of Heat Stroke

Pets cannot sweat like humans when their bodies overheat. Their bodies primary release heat through panting and sweating through their foot pads. Here are some common signs of heat stroke in pets:

  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Vomit
  • Diarrhea
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

If you suspect heat stroke in your pet call us immediately at 915-584-4491.

By Monique Conway, 7/8/15

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