Traveling in the summer with a beloved dog can pose a significant challenge for pet-loving Texans.
It's hot here—dangerously hot for a dog—nearly year ‘round. A car parked in the sun can reach a scorching 130 degrees Fahrenheit inside in an hour; that’s enough to overheat a human, and more than enough to kill a dog whose only body-temperature regulation comes from panting.
This is a good time to being your vehicle into Fiesta Motors service center in Lubbock to get your air conditioning serviced.
How to keep Fido or Fidette safe?
Never leave a dog alone in a vehicle. If the windows are rolled up, it will overheat in the car and overheat your pet. If the windows are rolled down, they will most likely jump out. But on a hot day even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace quickly and heatstroke can develop, which is potentially fatal.
A canine professional can help set up a temperature-regulated system for the car. But that can be expensive. When going anywhere with your dog, bring water and a bowl. You wouldn't go anywhere on a hot day without a refreshing bottle of water for yourself, so don't leave your dog hanging. Collapsible travel-bowls are available at most pet stores—leave one in your car so that you don’t have to remember to bring it.
Dogs can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of water when the weather is hot. If you’re both going to be outside, make sure there is a shady place to escape the sun. If walking anywhere, when the temperature is high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your dog's body will heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads will burn.
Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, seizures, and an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Dogs with flat faces, like pugs, are more susceptible to heat stroke because they cannot pant as effectively. It’s best to keep them indoors with air conditioning.
If your dog drools all over the car or pants excessively, it may not be because the weather is hot—it could be anxiety about being in a car.
If you must take him or her along, try playing relaxing classical music or getting a prescription for anxiety from your vet. Afterward, give your dog a treat and positive reinforcement for going in the car. And if it is hot outside, run the air conditioner while you travel.
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