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FIRST AID IN CASE OF A HEATSTROKE OR SUNSTROKE
by Mo van den Tillaart
When the temperatures are warm and your dog has to wait in the car, people usually open the car windows for fresh air. They heard horrid stories of dogs that suffocate while waiting in the car and think that they can prevent this from happening by opening the windows. But even leaving all windows open - as wide as it can be - will not allow sufficient airflow through the car to cool the dog. In fact, the danger for the dog, is not a lack of fresh air, but the high temperature. A car that is parked in the sun turns into a convection oven. Even on a relatively cool day of 75°F, the temperature in an enclosed car can soar to 120°F or more in just a few minutes. These high temperatures cause the dog's blood to clot and thus the oxygen cannot reach the internal organs. This may cause irreversible damage to organs, like the kidney's, liver, bowels, heart and also the brain. The dog will get into a shock and die.
So NEVER leave your dog alone in a car. Take no chances, the risk is just too high!
Be aware: the risk is just as high when you leave your dog in a tent, trailer, caravan, doghouse, etc...
Be sure to seek the advice of your veterinarian about any question you may have