I felt it necessary to add some points to the 'Dogs die in hot cars' debate that may not be as widely known as they should be.
We often see many posts and memes that relate to 'breaking a car window' or owners 'shouldn't leave their dog in the car on a warm day' and whilst I agree that it is very healthy that we have a growing social awareness and inclination to share this information and act upon it....there is a little more that dog owners should know.
Did You Know?
- Dogs develop heat stroke more quickly than most species as they lack sweat glands.
- Dogs 'sweat' by panting, a process that allows the dog to bring in small amounts of air into it's lungs and this is designed to aid the dog by cooling it's body.
- Inside a warm car, the dog's panting process is essentially bringing in warm/hot air and preventing the dog from cooling itself down.
- The dog then begins to pant harder which in turn speeds up the process of taking in warm/hot air into it's lungs.
- On a hot day with temperatures rising within a car to around 30 C, within 5-10 minutes the taking in of this warm/hot air can lead to the dog's body experiencing...protein structures failing, exposure of the dog's blood vessels (unable to keep it's blood in its liquid state) leading to potential blood clots, the dog's heart, liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract are all starved of the constant oxygen that they need to function and begin to fail.
- At the stage above, the dog may start to vomit or have a bout of diarrhoea.
- The dog's brain is now damaged potentially leading to seizures or coma.
- The next stage is an unnecessary death.
- ON A WARM DAY, LEAVING A WINDOW OPEN DOESN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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