Heat Stroke and Leaving Your Pet in the Car Pets

Heat Stroke and Leaving Your Pet in the Car

BY shaukat Ian • June 24, 2016
shaukat Ian

shaukat Ian

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The summer months are quickly approaching, and that means more sunny days! While this is great for outdoor activities, keep in mind how much hotter it is for your pets and their fur coats.  If you are out running errands and have your dog or cat with you, it is a bad idea to leave them in the car. In a sealed, hot car, your pet will begin to dehydrate, get heat stroke, and can even die in less than 15 minutes. In situations like this, your pet is essentially baking on the inside. On a 90 degree day, the temperatures in your car can reach upwards of 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Just cracking a window will not help at all.  If you absolutely have to go out and take your pet with you, it’s best to find some way to keep the car running with air conditioning, and leave them with some water, or not take them at all. In many states it is illegal to leave your dog in an unattended car, and can be punishable by fines or even jail time.


            If you come across a dog in distress in a hot car, first do your best by trying to find the owner in any nearby buildings they might be in, and check to see if the doors are unlocked. If this fails, try calling the non-emergency police line or animal control, and alert them of the situation. They will also be able to advise you on what to do while waiting for responders. While it is our natural instinct to break one of the windows, keep in mind that in many states, you may be held accountable for the damage as there are not many allowances for this in the law, regardless of the emergency.  In the end however, the most important thing is the welfare of the pet, so breaking a window that is as far from the pet as possible may be necessary.


Bad breath in dogs-

            Does your dog have excessive bad breath? This might actually be a medical problem. Dogs’ teeth can accumulate plaque just like ours do, but while we brush our teeth and visit the dentist each year, your pet doesn’t get the same treatment. In a lot of cases, certain chew toys work well to crack off the plaque, or you could even use a soft bristled toothbrush and some doggy toothpaste to keep the bacteria away, but sometimes it’s just not enough. When the bad breath just won’t leave, it is time to contact your veterinarian about a dental cleaning. With a cleaning, your dog will be lightly sedated, and then the veterinarian will go in and clean off the plaque that has built up on their teeth, and extract any that need to be removed.

            Keeping your dog’s teeth clean is important for more than just fresh breath. If your dog’s teeth get severely dirty, they can begin to rot, and can cause other health issues including heart disease. With pearly white teeth, your four legged friend will be better prepared to live a long life. Plus, getting those kisses won’t be such a smelly ordeal anymore!


How to Safely Break Up a Dog Fight

            While it’s something that all dog owners dread, there is always a chance that your dog could get into a fight with another dog. Maybe it’s at the dog park, or just walking past a neighboring dog’s yard. No matter the situation, every owner should know the best ways to break up a dog fight without getting hurt themselves.

  • First of all: never try to put your hand or body in between the fighting dogs. You will almost definitely get bit, and it won’t slow the dogs down at all.
  • If the other dog’s owner is present and both dogs are on leashes, try to yank them apart by the leash. It may seem a bit harsh, but it is much better than either dog doing real damage to the other.
  • If you’re in the yard, and there is a hose nearby, use a powerful stream or even a bucket of water or spray bottle to shock the dogs and get them to separate.
  • If you’re not in the yard, or at the dog park, try to find a large branch or stick to put in between the dogs and force them apart until both dogs are under control.
  • If there is nothing of use around, the owners should try to grab their dogs by the hind legs or hips and pull them up and away from each other. Once they are separated, keep your dog under control, so that they don’t go after each other again.

The best way to break up a dog fight is to prevent one from ever occurring. Know your dog’s personality and how they act around new dogs. If you are not sure how they will behave, keep them on a short leash and introduce them slowly. Keep an eye on their body language, look for rigidness, cowering, tucked tails, and flattened ears as indications that your dog is uncomfortable.

A dog fight is also the perfect example of why it is so important to keep your dog up to date on their vaccines, especially Rabies. If your dog is attacked by another dog with no owner in sight, it would be impossible to know for certain that the aggressor’s vaccines are up to date. To prevent your dog from possibly contracting a fatal disease, keep up with your veterinary appointments so that they are safe.


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