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Dogs and summer heat

by Therese on June 25, 2007

in Pet Health, Pets


How often do you sit in a car on a hot day with the air conditioning off and the windows rolled up almost all the way? I’m guessing you don’t, but people make their dogs do it all too often. They’ll say it’s “just for a few minutes” but what they don’t realize is that it only takes a few minutes for the heat to kill a dog. In as little as 15 minutes the temperature in a car can get up to 150 degrees or more, which means it’s still getting way too hot in less than that 15 minutes! And no, rolling the windows down an inch doesn’t do much at all to cool the car off. So don’t do it!

Sitting in a hot, parked car isn’t the only time heat can get to a dog though. Whether you’re hiking, playing frisbee, running an agility course, or simply taking a nice long walk in the neighborhood you need to take precautions to keep your canine friend from overheating. For an excellent article on keeping your dog cool, including some products that can help, see this post on Abby K9.

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Abby K9 June 25, 2007 at 7:39 pm

Thanks so much for the link on my heat article! 🙂

Just to let you know, I’m currently doing a study to test some of the products that can help keep dogs cool. I think a lot of people may be surprised to find that some of them work better than others. I don’t have a time yet when I’ll have it up (I’m waiting on a cooling product that I plan to include), but I think once it’s up it may be helpful to other dog owners as well.


Matt June 26, 2007 at 9:36 am

Great post. There is no way I’m sitting in the car with the windows closed on a hot day.


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