Hot Weather + Dog = Danger
Many dog owners enjoy taking their furry friends with them everywhere they go, but it’s a bad idea in the type of extreme heat that’s blanketed Iowa this week.
Bianca Zaffarano, with the Veterinary Clinic at Iowa State University, says it takes only a few minutes for the situation to turn critical when a dog is left alone in a vehicle in 90-plus degree temperatures. She says taking the pet along for the ride is not a treat when temperatures and humidity are this high. Zaffarano says unlike humans, dogs need to pant to keep themselves cool. In a stuffy car, they are unable to regulate their temperature and that, she says, can lead to death.
The high heat can damage an animal’s heart and a hot sidewalk can burn its paw-pads.