Jun/2009 at 10:24 pm 1 comment

Please remember that this is the time of year that dogs get heat stroke. Do not leave him in the car-even for a minute-even with the window open. If the heat doesn’t kill him, it can cause brain damage.

Where I live, the car seat can brand your bottom with the stitching pattern and you can get burned from your steering wheel. If you can’t take the dog in with you then leave him at home.

Be aware that breeds with flat faces, those who are ill and dogs with long fur are especially at risk. (And any dog can burn the pads of his feet on hot sidewalks or in parking lots.)

I am having my annual internal debate of whether or not to cut my dogs hair for summer. Many people are opposed to ever cutting a Coton’s hair. I have heard the argument that the fur is insulating and will never grow back the same.

But common sense tells me that wearing a fur coat when the heat index is 105 and the humidity is high is dangerous. I get hot just thinking about it. 🙂

Here are some of the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs:

Rapid, shallow panting

Red tongue


Rapid heart rate

Vomiting or diarrhea

Hose the dog off, throw him in the car and call the vet on the way. It is always an emergency. You cannot give your dog oxygen, I.V’s or monitor him at home.

It’s much better to have hawt dogs than hot dogs!

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  • 1. Barbara  |  Jun/2009 at 7:59 pm

    Sage advice.

    People in south east Texas are big on leaving infants and children in their cars and slowly cooking them, too. It is unbelievable that anyone can be so benighted, but it happens several times a year every year. They seem to think that the air conditioners in their cars work with the engine off and only “accessories” on. That works the fan only.

    Meanwhile, I’m intrigued by the notion of having one’s bottom branded in the stitch pattern of a vinyl car seat. That is one hot car seat! I don’t need to an actual photo, but your words paint an interesting picture.

    Happy trails!


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